16 Things To Push You Through The Final NaNoWriMo Stretch

We’re almost heading into the final stretch of NaNoWriMo, you’ve gone through the initial stages of excitement about your idea to the crushing middle section where you’re thinking where on earth is this going to go next to the stage where the end is in sight – the magical 50,000 words which looked like miles away at the start now looks closer than ever.

Go you!

14 Things To Push You Through The Final NaNoWriMo Stretch
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We have every faith you can do this and to make doubly sure here some suggestions to help you smash through those words.

1. Make sure you’re comfortable – change your position regularly to avoid RSI – we knew that ergonomic training would come in handy one day

16 Things To Push You Through The Final NaNoWriMo Stretch

2. And then change it to a cafe or somewhere different so you’re not so lonely

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3. Grab yourself some snacks and keep hydrated

16 Things To Push You Through The Final NaNoWriMo Stretch

4. Try a writing sprint where you get down some words in a short space of time

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5. Keep your finger away from that delete key and keep on adding words – editing can wait till January – you are taking December off, right?

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6. Take a break from the screen – go for a walk to recharge your battery

16 Things To Push You Through The Final NaNoWriMo Stretch

7. Watch some Netflix, TV or film to take your mind off your story – it might even inspire a new direction

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8. Find a friend or club also taking part in NaNoWriMo and write together

9. Go to Twitter for encouragement … but don’t stay on there for too long, we all know what a time hog it can be

10. Take advice from the many writers who’ve done it before

16 Things To Push You Through The Final NaNoWriMo Stretch

Good advice, but probably not entirely relevant to writing – however Chicken House has been publishing a post every day in November with plenty of high quality advice from their writers about writing and NaNoWriMo which makes a fantastic place to start.

11. Listen to a motivational playlist on Spotify

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12. People watch and listen to people talk – it’s not nosy, it’s research

13. Allow yourself to daydream – you’re really writing without writing it down

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14. Enjoy and have fun

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15. Mix it up a bit, if you normally use a laptop why not try pen and paper

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16. Once you’re finished don’t read it right away – put it to one side and come back to it afresh in the new year

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You CAN make it to the end.

Good luck!

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