This is my first year taking on the month-long challenge that is NaNoWriMo. And so far, I’m pleasantly on track. Not ahead, not behind. Right on target. But every day, the words come more slowly. The looming mountain ahead feels higher and steeper than it did week one.
Bottom line? I’m starting to get worried about finishing.
So last night, I took a few hours and did what procrastinating writers everywhere do best – I surfed the web. And read. And surfed. And read some more. And I found some of the best tips for finishing NaNoWriMo on the web.
Because I want you to finish, I’m hoping my wasted writing hours will mean less procrastination for you. Take advantage of my surfing trip and check out these helpful articles and posts for finishing NaNoWriMo.
My personal favorite way to write when the well appears dry? NaNoWriMo Word Sprints on Twitter. I don’t know what it is, but just having that page up while writing motivates me to plow through and have something on the page before they yell, “STOP!”
Note: I’m only including five of the many, many, MANY articles I read because, well, the truth is you need to be writing and so do I!
When you’re through reading the wise words of these WriMo sages, get writing! The end is near – so write on!
TIPS FOR FINISHING NANOWRIMO
brought to you by World-Class Procrastinator, Kat McCormick…
- From WritersDigest.com – Halfway There: Finishing NaNoWriMo Strong by contributor Cris Freese
This tidy article offers creative and inspiring tips from past finishers and writers to get you through the second half of NaNo. My personal favorite? Bring wine!
- From Writability – How I Won NaNoWriMo in 9 Days by writer Ava Jae
I know what you’re thinking… nine days?! You and I may not be aiming to pull off a 9-day feat (or if you’re behind maybe you are), but regardless of timing the tips and tricks used by speed writer Jae will help you power through toward the finish line.
- From Write It Sideways – How to Get Past the NaNoWriMo Danger Point and Finish Your Novel by author and coach Hillary Rettig
This article offers some tips I’ve read before, and some I haven’t – but they are presented in a different light that made something “click” in my brain. I especially like the tips about writing nonlinearly and examining your fears and pitfall (procrastination-busting at its best).
- From Kirsten Lamb’s Blog – 8 Elements to NAILING Your Plot & Owning NaNo by, you guessed it, Kirsten Lamb
While this post is not specifically about finishing NaNo, Lamb points out flaw that will stop you from completing your story and provides insights on what is needed to avoid/fix them. I especially appreciate the section on the core story problem (or lack thereof).
- And last but not least, from CreativeLive – How to Break Through Writer’s Block: Show Up & Bring a Pen by Hanna Brooks Olsen
What I like best about this post is how straightforward it is – if you want to break through the shiny ribbon at the NaNo finish line, there is only one thing to do – WRITE! Olsen does offer some tips on how to write when the words don’t want to come, but overall this article was a swift kick in the rear for yours truly.
Any of these tips resonate with you? Or if you’re a past finisher, please share your best tip in the comments section and stop a WriMo procrastinator from spending more precious writing time surfing the web …