NaNoWriMo: Tips on How to Finish Strong

Just a few days left now! Oh, my dear WriMos! We are SO. CLOSE.  This wonderfully masochistic month of noveling is coming to an end. Now, I know these last days are valuable – every minute counts when it comes to reaching that goal of 50,000 words – so I’ll keep this post short. (You didn’t think I’d let you use this post to procrastinate for too long, did you?)

For many of you, there are only a handful of words standing between you and the sweet taste of a 2013 NaNoWriMo victory. In the same vein as Faye’s recent post on How to Stay Motivated During NaNoWriMo, I’ve compiled a list of common end-of-November demoralizers and solutions to them. Techniques and tips to help breathe new life into your story and renew your motivation – to help you finish strong.

Hit a wall in your story?/Not sure what to do next?
– Make the most of the NaNo message boards and take a writing dare from other WriMos
– Switch something up in your writing (kill a character off, switch narrators, bring a previously suspected dead character back, etc.)

Getting distracted easily?
– Participate in a #wordsprint on Twitter
– Go somewhere new to write – somewhere out of the house!

Can’t turn your inner editor off?/Keep revising or deleting as you write?
– Try kamakazi mode in Write or Die
– Participate in a #wordwar or #wordscrim on Twitter (whoever writes the most words in a set amount of time WINS!)

Just don’t care anymore?
– Only winners get shirts
– Think how good it’ll feel to have completed a whole 50k words in just thirty days!
– Make a #NaNoWager with another WriMo
– Just check out all the goodies on the NaNoWriMo site – some seriously sweet incentives to win!

I’m just too far behind!
– Stop whining and make an EPIC come back!
– Again, only winners get shirts.
– #WORDSPRINT
Come on guys! You’re nearly there! You can see the end. You’re closing in on it. And we’re here, cheering you along! Go forth and finish that novel!

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How close are you to the 50k mark? Let us know in the comments below!
Join us on Twitter at @TheSprintShack for sprints and more NaNoWriMo madness!

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6 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo: Tips on How to Finish Strong

  1. Pingback: A Daring Weaving: NaNoROW Update 11/20/13 | shanjeniah

  2. Wahhh… I don’t WANT it to be over! I mean, I do, for my aching wrists and some more sleep and just the general relieved feeling… but this November has FLOWN by. It used to crawl and feel torturous, but now that I have all these awesome people to sprint with… I enjoy it!

    Sigh. Maybe I’ll continue to keep up a similar pace with my writing after November. That’d be great :)

  3. Pingback: Making a NaNoWriMo Come Back of Epic Proportions |

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