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21 Things To Do When You Get Stuck During NaNoWriMo

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1. Keep your favorite snacks on hand.

2. And your favorite drinks.

3. Set up a time to write and honor it, even if it means saying no to hanging out with friends.


4. Word count is important, but don't let it bog you down. Your ultimate goal is to finish a first draft, not hit a number!

5. If you're feeling stuck, do a 10 or 15-minute word sprint.

6. Set up a reward system for yourself for the rest of the month. Don't be afraid to celebrate the little victories. You deserve every one.

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7. Write with a buddy. Humans will do just as well as our fluffier companions.

8. And if you're struggling to find a writing buddy, attend a local write-in. There are plenty listed on the NaNoWriMo page. Solidarity is important, especially now.

9. Make your writing space as cozy as possible. You should enjoy being there.

10. And change up your writing spot if you're feeling bogged down or blocked out. Coffee shops, book stores, and libraries are always great.

11. Read advice by other writers.

12. But don't feel pressured to follow it 100%. This is about figuring out what works for you, after all.

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13. Remember that it's okay if you're struggling. You're writing a novel. It's supposed to be hard.

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14. Tear the delete button out of your keyboard. Editing is for the next draft! Just get the words on the page and write!

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15. If you're in a slump, switch up your writing utensils. Write by hand if you normally use a computer, and vice versa.

16. Never leave the house without something to write with. You never know when an idea will strike.

17. Tirelessly consume the genre you're writing in, whether it's through books, TV, or movies. Take note of what resonates and what falls short.

18. Don't stress if your story has veered off course. Sometimes it's worth having an open mind about the paths your characters stumble down.

19. If you're struggling with parts of your story, talk through them with a friend. Or heck, talk through them out loud with yourself!

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20. If you're disheartened by the quality of your work, it's okay! No one's first draft is a masterpiece. You just have to keep writing to make it better.

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21. And most importantly, just write. Write through the anxiety and self-doubt. Write until it becomes a habit, and it feels more unnatural to stop than to keep going.

Happy NaNoWriMo!

Happy NaNoWriMo!

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