Halfway Point for Writing a Novel with NaNoWriMo
Write a book in a month. It’ll be fun.
They say it every year and every year hundreds of thousands of people around the world jump into the fun.
Today marks the halfway point for National Novel Writing Month. If you have been hitting the mark every day then you are halfway through your novel. If you’ve missed the mark (a little or a lot) it is the point that most give up or give in.
After all, it’s halfway through so why keep going.
Maybe next year will be better.
But if you want to write your book then the only way you can get the book written is to write.
Don’t let the calendar dictate your actions. Don’t let the halfway mark threaten your determination to write that next word.
Action demands purpose. Action requires focus. Action looks to the goal – not to the clock or the calendar.
No matter where you are in the novel writing journey, determine to write a little bit today. Write a little bit more. Keep adding up the little bits because it is the little bits of investments that will get you across the finish line.
How to Keep Going Through the Halfway Point
- Define your strong time. When is the best time for you to write? We all have times of the day when we are more focused and have the energy to do more. Define your peak time so you can make the most of that time.
- Use your strong time. Make a point to set aside 30 minutes during your peak to write some words. Set a timer and see how many words you can get written before it goes off. Hide if you have to, but use your peak time to your advantage.
- Tell your story. Don’t think about writing a book it can be overwhelming or paralyzing to try to write a book. Focus on telling a story to your friend. Write it just for him (or her). Telling your story to someone you know will help you stayed focus in the storytelling process (instead of getting tangled in the need to write a book).
Refuse to let the number of where you are or where you are going limit the words you want to write.
And keep writing until you have written the story.
The halfway point for NaNoWriMo is no different than the first day. Write your words and keep writing your words until you are done.
Where are you at this halfway point for the NaNoWriMo journey?