Self-Care is the Key to NaNo Success

Today is the first day of NaNoWriMo! If you haven’t signed up and still want to, go here and set up your novel. You won’t regret it!

For this first bonus NaNo post, I wanted to drop you all a quick note about self-care.

I know, I know. Before you roll your eyes at me and stroll out of here as quickly as you can, stick with me.

Self-care is the key to a successful NaNoWriMo.

Yep. You heard it here first. Somewhere in the middle of the month, in that coffee induced writing coma, you’ll realize that you’re not taking care of yourself at all. You might feel overly stressed, tense in places you didn’t know you could be tense in, and snappy at everyone who so much as looks at your computer.

It’s not pretty. And for those of us in the States who celebrate Thanksgiving, it’s not very… well, polite either.

But more importantly, it’s not doing your writing any favors.

If you’ve joined the Library, then you’ve probably read my bonus blog post on how the starving artist is actually a myth that causes more damage than good.

Real truth: You don’t have to be living on oatmeal to write well.

And this applies for NaNo too. It’s a flurry of writing, creating, thinking constantly about your story, your characters, your timeline. It’s overwhelming and exhilarating.

And it can lead to burnout, writer’s block, and an overall bad mood.

So every day, make sure you drink half your weight in ounces of water, make sure you move, whether that’s going for a walk, doing a bit of yoga, or having a solo dance party, and make sure you take some time for you that has nothing to do with your novel, your outline, or your character profiles.

You’ll feel better. You’ll write better. And you’ll win NaNoWriMo.

Good luck NaNos! You’ll do great!

Alexis Truitt

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