NaNo Tips <3 If You Are Behind!

Posted: November 16, 2018 in Creative WRiting

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So, you’re behind on NaNo? That happens sometimes. My biggest tip for National Novel Writing Month is to keep yourself on track… however, unforeseen events can happen. In my case, the air quality here is just horrible (I live in the Bay Area, if you have any idea of the fires going on in Cali, you know what I’m talking about.). I’m twenty-two weeks pregnant, and I have a 1 year old… the disgusting air quality is… well… it’s making things difficult. Elijah is sick, I’m not feeling all that good…

And inspiration is basically at an all time low. Because of this, I’m a day behind on NaNoWriMo. So, I thought I’d take this moment to actually talk about what to do if you get behind. Whether you’re 2,000 or 5,000… the best thing that you can do is look at what you have to get done and think about how to portion it out. For me, I’m taking today and writing 4k instead of my normal 2k… and that will get me back on track. I’m fine with not getting ahead, if I can’t get ahead today…

However, if doubling your word count doesn’t work for you, there are plenty of options for what you can do. If you’re behind a few days, you can always add an additional 300 words or so onto your daily count. Write 2k instead of 1,667. You’ll end up getting caught up over the course of the month.

You could also have a big word day! I like to do a 10kfirstday. Yeah, it’s super hard, but it always gets me ahead. You can do that in the middle of the month, or even at the end of the month…

And honestly, one of the best things that you can do is to join in on sprints, crawls, etc. Join a writing server. Get onto the NaNo twitter and join sprints that way. Do whatever you can to motivate yourself on your big writing days!

So, yeah! The main point is… don’t get discouraged, and definitely don’t give up. Just because you’re behind at the moment doesn’t mean that you can’t catch up soon! Go for it, get your words… the worst that could happen is you’ll end up with 40k for the month instead of 50k… and 40,000 words is still a lot more than you would have if you weren’t trying!

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