Tuesday, 22 November 2016

NaNoWriMo: Getting Unstuck

Behind in your word count? Like, waaay behind? 

Maybe you had a personal or family crisis. Or it just hasn’t been possible to set aside the demands of your daily life at work and home. Perhaps you’re a procrastinator and time slipped away from you.

Never fear, it’s not too late! You can still meet your goal!

Look at your schedule over the next several days. Are there any times when you can block a solid hour or more of writing? Make it a date with yourself, add it to your calendar and honour that commitment like you would a work or personal appointment.

Now, think about your writing. Is it portable? Can you capture a few words here and there while you wait for an appointment, or stand in line at the grocery store? Do you have a device with a voice recording feature you can use hands-free while you complete other tasks? There are so many ways to write these days, and every word counts – including a sentence you wrote in the check out line.

Can you go to bed just a little later, or wake up just a little earlier? A daily habit of even a half an hour will add those words to your count in a nice steady way.

If you haven’t yet tried these tools, try following @NaNoWordSprints on Twitter for optional writing prompts and timed writing challenges. Join a local write-in group or find a virtual write-in session for more support and encouragement.

Whatever method you choose to boost your word count, don’t give up! Be a success story against all odds! You’ve got this.

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