About NaNoWriMo 2013: Just a Little Bit More…

NaNoWriMo can suck the energy from you. Dedicating time, energy, and creativity into creating a story within the span of the month. Then there is the worry about whether you can even finish. Can you reach that lofty goal you set for the month? The answer is yes. Unless, there is some extraneous situation, which do happen, you can finish. Even if you are behind in your word count it doesn’t mean it is game over for you. Though, it may be a bit tougher and and if you have kids they may try to suck away that little extra time you may have. However, I like to think of it like this: There are 8 more days for you to finish your 50k or whatever goal you may have set.

No Ideas
For some people, the reason the final stretch is harder is because you feel like you’ve used up all your good ideas and now you don’t know where your story is going. It is hard to try to churn out a new idea when your well feels dried up. There is good news, your well hasn’t run dry. There will be a good idea that comes to you, just walk away from you computer and get some fresh air. Think about something else, anything else. It will come to you sooner than you think. But if you feel stuck and you keep trying to paw at the well of ideas without allowing new ideas to be generated they will never come.

Almost Over
One other good thing about this approaching deadline, is that everyone who works best under pressure, this is their time to thrive. Maybe part of the reason you didn’t get as much writing done earlier in the month is because when things got busy, instead of taking extra time to write, you thought you’d have more time later. Later is here and ready for you to seize it. There is nothing wrong with getting busy. And there’s nothing wrong with procrastination, the key is finishing what you started.

You Still Win
While pushing for a NaNo win is great, things happen, you get busy, or it just isn’t the right time for the task. It happens. But the one great thing about NaNo is even if you don’t hit your goal, you still win. Every word you wrote in the month of November, every scene you ripped out of your brain and threw on paper is one step close. You just brought yourself closer to the end goal, whatever that is. Even if the novel you spit out is complete trash and can’t be fixed, you’ve now learned a lesson in what works and what doesn’t for you. You’ve found one of your weaknesses. If the pressure of the NaNo deadline only stifled your normally fluid work over the same period, you now know that NaNo doesn’t work for you. At the end of the day you win because you participated and learned something about yourself or accomplished a new goal or both.

How do you push through in the final stretch? Are you on target to meet your goal?

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