In just a few more days writers around the world will take to their laptops, tablets and notebooks and begin the adventure that is NaNoWriMo.
While NaNoWriMo is a month full of writing, cramped fingers, coffee and meet ups, it is a long, stressful month. And sometimes we need to remind ourselves to trudge on.
Here’s how I plan to survive November.
Take a breather. As important as it is to crank out that 50k, it is just as important to take time here and there to take a deep breath. Ahead of schedule? Go for a walk or spend the evening watching a movie. Behind and stressing? Take a short walk or make a coffee run to your fave cafe.
Reward yourself. Don’t reward yourself for every little thing, but do set some sort of reward system. Finish 500 words? Grab a piece of candy! Make the word count for the day? Go play Candy Crush. It’s the little things that help.
Get out. If you are able to get to write ins and Nano meet ups, go! They are fun and you get to chat to fellow writers who know all about the struggle. If you have a writers group, make sure you meet up for inspiration and motivation. Nobody around? Get online and find a writers group or hit the Nano forums.
What are your tips for surviving the month? 🙂