Welcome to the second week of NaNoWriMo!
How’s it going for you? For me, if you’ve been following me on Twitter, you’d see I haven’t updated my word count in a few days. Thanks to work and running errands, I haven’t finished my outline. But, today is a new day, and I’ve been on a roll since yesterday!
(PS – Yesterday was the U.S. election, so now we can stop hearing all those freaking ads, amirite?!?)
Anyways, we’re warmed up in NaNoWriMo week two, and you probably felt encouraged in the first few days of writing. And you might still be feeling that way, which would be great. But, like starting anything, you might feel tired doing the same thing over and over again.
And that’s all right. Whether writing a novel, or doing an exercise, a challenge is exciting at first, then reality sets in.
This doesn’t mean we’re failing. In fact, it’s the opposite. It means we are accepting things are going to happen, and the finish line seems a bit further than it should. What I want you to do is to stay encouraged. I’ve got a few ideas for you to stay motivated.[Tweet “Feeling overwhelmed in the first week of #nanowrimo? Here’s some ways to get back on track.”]
Step away from the novel (for a while).
If you’ve been pouring over your writing for the past nine days, stop. What I mean is if you aren’t taking any breaks while writing, there’s no time to reset. Get up and move around for a few minutes, even go outside, and take time away from your novel.
Perk yourself up!
Writing about 1,600 words a day is tiring, no matter who you are. Even if going outside gives you a bit of energy, it won’t last. But chocolate is close enough. 🙂 Grab some cookies, sip some coffee or green tea, or do jumping jacks to get your blood moving.
Or, go to sleep.
I’m a night owl, but for the life of me, I can’t write at night. There are those lovers of the night that can, but don’t forget to get some sleep. Your body needs it to live, and your novel will be there when you wake up, refreshed to add more to your plot.
Finally, reach out to the community.
Cause we’re in the same boat as you! Trying to write 50,000 words is tough, and in a month? What are we, crazy. Well, yeah!
But, we’re here for each other, and we got your back. 🙂
Don’t give up! You’ve got this!
Next week, it’s week 3, and maybe you’re worried about your word count. Let me help you fix that. Until next time, cheers!
How’s your NaNoWriMo progress? Let me know in the comments! And share this with everyone you know!
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