27 November, 2012

NaNoWriMo Week 4

This is the end of the line, NaNoWriMo novelists. The coming week is the do-or-die deadline. We're all tired by this point and many of us wish we had never even seen a novel, much less tried to write one. But you did try. We all did. And that's something to get excited about. How many people dream and never try? You, my friends, tried.

And we're all going to keep trying until we cross that finish line.

If this month hasn't gone at all like you planned, you might be thinking of quitting. After all, it's only seven more days, right? How far can you really get in seven days?

Let me encourage you to try one more time. Try to get to that finish line. Because, yes, it's only seven days. But if you put this off for seven days, they will become seven more days. Those days will blend into weeks, which will become months. You have this chance now. Take it and see where it leads.  You never know what will get in your way later.

Body Check

This is the last week of a month of grueling mental activity and stress. Watch your body. Take care of it, even if you're rushing to get to the end on time. Completing a whole novel in a month is awesome but you don't want it to be at the cost of your health.

Keep Writing

Don't let the end of the novel scare you. Push the pedal to the floor and get there as fast as you can. If the plot isn't fitting in properly but you're out of time (and have made your word count), make some detailed notes and call it a day. If at all possible, keep writing even after you've crossed the 50K mark. You're already on a roll. If the story wants to keep going, go with it. As I said above, you never know what may happen later to keep you away from your novel.

Win...And Tell Everyone

It's going to happen this week. You'll cross that finish line. And it will be one of the best feelings in the world. When you do, tell everyone. Especially if this is your first time.  You need that feel-good slap on the back from friends and family after all you've been through this month. So shout it out, do a victory dance, and break out your celebratory drink of choice.

Anything to add, WriMos? Where are you in your word counts? Sound off your last-minute joys, frustrations, and panic in the comments!

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