10 Tips for Surviving NaNoWriMo

Halfway through NaNoWriMo! I feel like I’m facing another uphill slope instead of enjoying a downhill coast. Here’s some advice I may try. (Napping has been my main coping mechanism so far). Word count as of yesterday: 26678

Aly Writes

I wasn’t going to do NaNoWriMo this year. I have a second draft of a first novel that I’m supposed to be revising. I have the first draft of a second novel that is so far on the back burner that it’s going to be like reading someone else’s writing by the time I revisit it. I’m still doggedly pursuing my goal of submitting my flash fiction to a different literary publication every month this year. I’ve entered my work in three different competitions in the past six weeks, which involves hours of polishing.  And on top of all that, I maintain this blog with once-weekly posts because, doggone it, if no one else is going to publish my work, I’ll do it myself thank you very much!

And yet . . .

Yesterday I reached 24,303 words on a brand-spanking new project. It’s book three, or a hot mess…

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  1. Well done, Aly. I too have a first novel (which, thank God, has now found a publisher, who emphatically wants no more edits) and a second novel I should be writing and, like you, I seem to be unable to stop myself writing flash. (Maybe because I’m in a flash writing group.). I am not doing Nano. Well done, you, on attempting it this year.


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