This. Is. It. The home stretch. You have just six days left to complete the National Novel Writing Month challenge—5,000 words in 30 days. (Unless you tried for the 50,000, in which case, I am in AWE of you!)
It’s tempting to give up. I mean, Christmas is around the corner and between holiday baking, putting up decorations, doing fun crafts with my sister, and—cough cough—drafting my annual wish list for Santa, it’s a BUSY time of year.
So, how do you keep your butt in the chair to keep writing? A few ideas from my author friend:
- Don’t edit! It’s tempting to look back at your words and want to perfect them—it’s a form of procrastination. But remember, the goal is not to write 5,000 perfect words—just get the words written.
- Eat a good breakfast. Sounds silly, but if your brain isn’t fueled, you’ll find other things to do rather than write. No time to make a big meal? Don’t worry—a smoothie is perfect. (Add a teaspoon of canola oil for the healthy fat your brain needs!)
- Re-read last week’s post on crushing Writer’s Block. No, really. Here’s the link.
- Stop being afraid. Look, I understand self-doubt. Most of the time, I think my words suck. But they don’t suck. And even if they did, who cares? Forget that fear of “what if it isn’t good?”—just…yeah you guessed it…write?
If you’ve stuck with me through November, GREAT! And even better if you’ve been writing. Want to share your story? Email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If I publish it on my blog you could win the entire set of Superman Duffy comics!
Gotta jet! May the words be with you on the home stretch.
~ Chase Superman Duffy