Day 10: how to beat #NaNoWriMo fatigue

Last year I had written 13,014 words on Day 10. It was 3,000 words short of where I wanted to be.

The minute you fall behind on the word count, self-doubt gains momentum. Can I get back into the groove and meet the target word count of 50,000 in one month?

It isn’t easy but it is possible. I was lagging behind until Day 24 when I hit 40,000 words.

I had plot, conflict, characters and action but was forever rushing to catch up. It was an exhausting experience, not a creative one. This is what I had to do to beat the fatigue:

1. Overcome stage fright

  • Nervous energy zaps strength. Instead, harness the jitters and put on a galloping performance. Storm ahead with creative content. Stop fretting, start writing.

2. Fail better this time

  • Fear of failure is an exhausting mindset. You tried to write 50,000 words in one month last year and failed miserably? This is no reason to give up on your writing goal. Aim to write 1,667 words each day. Some days you might write 5,000 words. You’ll never know if you don’t try.
  • “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” – Samuel Beckett

3. Shake off distraction

  • Thinking too much about everything and everyone is tiring business. Focus on fiction. Write about the action. Trivial matters don’t matter.

4. Have a good time

  • Relax into the writing process. Writing 50,000 words in one month is a challenge but not an uphill struggle. The more fun you have, the more time you’ll spend writing. As a result, the words will add up.

5. Sleep, rest, return to action

  • You will get tired. Get some sleep. Wake up and start writing again. Do your best and don’t give up too soon.
  • You might not catch up on the word count target until Day 24 (like me) but if you keep writing, you’re in with a chance to hit the 50,000 jackpot in the end.



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