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The Homestretch
The Homestretch

The Homestretch

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Last week of NaNoWriMo- how’s everyone doing? Bored with your story? Tired of getting up early/staying up late? Distracted by Black Friday sales or holiday parties? I know I am. But, we’re so close to reaching the finish line- I’m just 12, 000 words away from being able to declare myself a NaNo winner.

How do I survive the homestretch?

  1. Reward myself. I’ve shown up everyday and made writing a priority for myself this month.  I deserve that Netflix movie I’ve been putting off, or a session of online shopping. Once I’ve met my daily target, of course.
  2. Spend a little time daydreaming today about walking into my local bookstore and finding published book stocked in the prime real estate up front. Imagine if the staff asked me to autograph a few before I left. A little visualization of your goal can go a long way in helping remind me why I started this journey.
  3. Share my accomplishment with others. I’ve been pretty quiet as I’ve concentrated on my writing, maybe telling my writing (and other) friends what I’ve been up to the last few months will garner a couple of pats on the back.  I can look for opportunities to give out some of my own. We are all in this together- writers need to support writers.
  4. Take a bit of time and plan out the week ahead so that I can accomplish my goal. I’ve been pretty consistent with my word count, so I don’t have massive piles to plow through before I get to 50,000. Slow and steady should win the race for me, as long as I plan for success.
  5. Be kind to myself. I will get nowhere if I start beating myself up. If I don’t finish this year, I can try again next year. I’ve done my best. I’ve got to keep my eyes on the prize.
  6. Take the doubts and fears that have been creeping back in with the fatigue that comes with sustained creative work and tuck them away. They’re useless at the best of times- right now, they’re destructive. I don’t have time to listen, anyway, I’m too busy writing.

How do you plan to survive the last week of NaNoWriMo? Share your tips in the comments below.

We can do this! Go team NaNoWriMo!


  1. I can definitely say the rewarding part for meeting the target is something I have been doing, almost immediately after completing the daily goal. I find it very difficult to not get stressed out due to the fact that I am attempting to fulfill this challenge and hope that isn’t considered beating myself up!

    1. There is a fine line between pep-talks and beating oneself up- I just try to monitor my self talk and make sure that I am being positive rather than negative. If I wouldn’t say it to another writer, I try not to say it to myself. Good luck- I hope you meet your targets this week.

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