Hi, SEers! Mae here today. If you’re doing NaNoWriMo, consider me your cheerleader! And if you’re not participating in NaNo, I hope you’ve committed to romancing your WIP during November.
It’s now ten days into the month. How are you doing? Still bursting with writing energy and pouring out word count?
I usually start off with a bang—rocket blasts and fireworks—then get bogged down in molasses by the time I hit week two. So how do you keep the momentum going and stay strong?
Here are a few ideas:
- If you’ve got NaNoWriMo buddies, check in with them and see how they’re doing. Commiserate, share a whine or two, then get back at it. Even if you’re not “officially” participating in NaNo, reach out to a writing friend for an encouraging boost.
- NaNoWriMo participants can visit community forums online, along with your local group. If the latter holds sessions in person, consider joining a write-in. And don’t forget the java! Copious amounts of coffee + writers hunched over laptops = creative energy = word count!
- Visit social media sites. Blogs are bursting with NaNoWriMo posts this time of year. Participants share frustrations (did I really have a goose egg word-count-day again?) and celebrations (5K ahead of schedule!). Sometimes just knowing another writer is experiencing the same highs and lows is enough to make you dig back in. And don’t forget the official NaNoWriMo Twitter Feed for quick bursts of encouragement and chat.
- Remember that during the madness of NaNoWriMo, your writing is going to get ugly! This isn’t a time to worry about grammar, sentence structure, or editing. That comes later. And if you hit a point where you need to research something RESIST THE URGE. Write a placeholder for later and move ahead.
- Reward yourself. These can be tiny. You decide how big and how often. Have a really good word count day, or a spectacular week? Treat yourself to that ebook you’ve been eying, or the fat-gooey-chocolate-yum in your refrigerator. Maybe it’s time to catch up on your favorite TV show or spend a few minutes on a mindless cellphone game. If you hit your 50K target by the time November 30 rolls around, then I’d say it’s time for a very nice reward.
Whether you’re participating in NaNoWriMo or not, I hope you’re having a writing marathon this month, and I hope you’ve found these suggestions useful. Tell me how your writing is going and what project you’re working on. Do you have other tricks and tips for staying motivated when you hit a snag? Let’s chat about STAYING POWER in the comments.
Ready, set, go!