Winding Down on NaNoWriMo

As many of you know my husband and I have been participating in NaNo this year for the first time. It’s been keeping me really busy as you can tell from the slow down of posts. We decided to join a little late and just didn’t have enough time to prepare but we’ve been going strong. I’m at 41k, getting close to the end!

So, I decided to write a little advice on the last week of NaNo based off of what I just learned.

If you’re anything like me you’ve gotten to the point where you’ve built everything up a little bit but you feel like you’re going slow because you just aren’t sure how to go from that point to really getting the climax of your book going. That bam point that your readers are just going to be unable to stop reading at. And you are stuck. Plucking a word here and there feeling like you aren’t moving at all.

You’ve probably got that general idea of where you want to go, right? I did. My MC was about to attempt an escape from The Proving and her government for fear for her life. She saw something that triggered it and I was going to have her run with her best friend.

So-so. Yeah, the journey would be crazy and fun but I just kept feeling like this is too easy for her. To simply run right now? Right before things get really bad.

So I changed it.

Sure, Addy was about to run but instead she was detained before she could finish her plan. Now she’s in a torturous chamber, will she get out?

I spat out 2k words like it was nothing, when the past three days I had struggled to write 300.

So my advice: if you’re struggling where you are…typing slowly and feeling dejected and like a failure who should just give up right now.


Instead make whatever happens next way, way worse for your main character. And then, fight to get them where they need to before the end.

What do you guys think? Try it out and let me know!

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