Help! I’m So Behind: Six Steps To Catching Up On NaNoWriMo

The second part in my Kingdom Pen NaNoWriMo Help! series. Enjoy! And don’t forget to check out the rest of it over on the Kingdom Pen blog.

Picture this scenario in your head. It’s midnight on November 15th. You’re sitting in your living room with a cup of lukewarm hot chocolate in your hand and a blinking cursor on the blank laptop screen in front of you. You’re supposed to be 25k words into your NaNoWriMo novel, but instead, you’ve got 5k words, a headache, and sleep deprivation.

Or maybe you don’t have to imagine that scenario, because that’s where you are currently. The headache and sleep deprivation are all too real and you’re wondering if it’s even possible to catch up on all the lost words before the end of the month.

In that case, I have good news for you! It’s completely possible—with some effort and discipline— to catch up on your NaNoWriMo goal. Especially since the fact that you are here proves you haven’t given up yet.

Over my years of competing in NaNoWriMo, I’ve identified two reasons writers tend to fall behind with their goal. Reason #1 is time. Time is of the essence in NaNoWriMo and many writers tend to overestimate how much spare time they have. Or they underestimate how long writing almost 2,000 words a day will take them. So the number one reason, in my experience, is time. 

Reason #2 is boredom, lack of interest, or distraction. Committing to one novel for a month is a big undertaking. And sometimes writers find themselves bored or disillusioned with their work. This has definitely happened to me before.

Of course, there are other reasons you can fall behind, but I will be focusing on these two in this article. Hopefully, though you’ll find some tips to help you in this six-step guide to catching up on NaNoWriMo.

Read the rest here…

2 thoughts on “Help! I’m So Behind: Six Steps To Catching Up On NaNoWriMo

  1. I feel like this can apply to any story.

    You can feel so behind on a book your are writing- not knowing how to continue.


  2. Lots of really good tips in this post, Chelsea! I’ll definitely need to come back to it during November–which is coming so quickly! 😅 This year, I’m telling myself to take it easy on NaNoWriMo. I want to try to get to 50k, but if not, that’s okay! I’d love to really sit down and pour my focus into NaNo, but this year that’s just not really feasible. Like you said in the post, it’s okay to try again next year!


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