How's everyone doing with NaNoWriMo? Let's check in.
1 - Perhaps the honeymoon stage of your new story is waning. If you're losing speed because you're waiting for that sparkly magic to resume, throw some cold water on that urge and make friends with the grungy-bathrobe stage of your story.
2 - Are you getting tripped up because you're running into plot problems and don't have time to sort them out the way you normally do? Shelve your normal instincts and let your characters speak to you. They may unravel your plot problems for you.
3 - Has your plot gone so far off track that you can't even try fixing it? Why not write some back story scenes for your character? It will still be part of your word count and may reveal important aspects of your story.
4 - Perhaps it's your characters who are becoming confused and confusing. Take them out for 'coffee' and chat them up. Write whatever you discover about them. It's all about word count.
5 - Do you normally write in sequence? Try writing scenes out of sequence to shake things up a bit.
6 - Do you write better longhand but can't bear retyping for the word count? I feel your pain - yet, sometimes I really need to get the scenes on paper with pen and ink. If the words aren't coming any other way, do the Nike thing and just do it.
7 - Are your fellow NaNo-ers burning rubber with their word counts, while yours is trailing sadly in the bushes? It doesn't matter. Keep going. Whatever else happens, you've still got more writing done than before you started NaNoWriMo.
8 - Are holiday preparations/birthdays/day job deadlines/family crises inconveniently robbing you of writing time? Keep going! Life always happens. Keep writing.
9 - Has the fleeting thought 'oh, what does it matter if I even finish this thing?' crossed your mind? It's crossed all of our minds. Keep going.
10 - If you are clearly looking at your circumstances right now and know without a doubt that you cannot cross the 50,000-word finish line in time - don't quit. Keep going. Get as close to it as you can.
11 - Remember - this is a marathon. This is the part where cramps/thirst/fatigue/confusion sets in. Just let it wash over you. Then leave it behind you. Keep going.
12 - If it was easy, it wouldn't be a marathon. Keep going.
13 - I know you can do it. Keep writing!
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