Can you believe NaNoWriMo is almost finished? It feels like it just started! But all good things must come to an end, and NaNo is one of them.
NaNoWriMo goes through phases: the exhilaration of starting, the slow drag of the middle of the month, and the elation of finishing your 50,000 words.
The hardest part by far is the mid-month slump. Especially if you live in the States, you also have Thanksgiving and the start of the Christmas season and there goes all your time to write or think about writing or dream about writing.
But the slump is where true writers are made. If you can get through the slump, you can get through anything your writing life will throw at you.
As you reach the middle of the month, keep writing. Don’t let yourself miss out on the opportunity to write your novel and tell your story.
So for this ending to another short post: keep on keeping on.
On the first Monday of every month, I create a few writing prompts to help you get writing! You’ll see them here each month and on Instagram @thelexiconwritingblog every Monday.
You could ask any NaNoer and be told that November’s writing challenge comes and goes. There are incredible moments of writing 3,000 words in one go and moments where it’s an actual battle to get 500 words on the page.
I’ve created this quick and easy NaNo Walkthrough to help you get through those battle-to-500 moments. These six steps can be used in order, mixed and matched to add whatever you need to your story at the given time, or allow to step outside of your current spot in your novel’s timeline to plan ahead, flush out a minor character, or just get your daily word count in!
Today is the day! NaNoWriMo 2016 officially starts today! Have you written your 1666 words yet??
Because NaNoWriMo can be time-consuming and energy consuming and creatively consuming, blog posts this month will be a bit shorter. I want to focus on giving you quick and easy tips, tricks, inspiration, and encouragement all month long to help you get writing and get your daily word count in (and to help me do the same :P).
So if you’re still on the fence about joining in the hectic, chaotic, exhilarating thrill of NaNoWriMo, here are the nine reasons everyone (whether or not you consider yourself a “writer”) should participate.