Hello fellow writers!

The target word count for today, November 23th is 38,333 words. For once I am a little bit ahead of schedule at 38,910 words, it is part of my plan to enjoy Thanksgiving. Since my family celebrates the holiday, I have tried to build in a little buffer to the word-count. The only time I will have to write tomorrow is after I’ve cleaned the house but before all of the guests arrive. I recommend not worrying about your word-count tomorrow, if you have time to write congratulations, you rock! If not, that’s okay there is still time to catch up.

If you’re somehow already at 50,000 words or you get there this weekend then don’t forget to validate your word-count! You just paste the text of your novel into the validator on the website, and if you have 50,000 words you’ll win! You get access to some snazzy offers by companies that promote Nanowrimo and a nice winner’s certificate. Be aware that the word-count validator on the website will not quite match whatever your writing program is (Word, Pages, etc.), sometimes you will have more words than you thought and sometimes less so be prepared.

This week let’s get some advice from James Patterson to help get us through to the end:

Get into a writing routine. Think it’s hard to write every day during NaNo? Most professional writers keep this kind of pace all year round. Holidays, birthdays, vacations—you name it, we’re writing. The trick is making writing into a daily habit. Same time. Same place. Same hot beverage of choice. Every. Single. Day. Again. And. Again.

Don’t stress. I don’t mean to undermine the above, but remember this is one month, not your entire writing career. Try hard, learn from it, and if you don’t get to 50,000 words, figure out what you did wrong so you can get there next time.” (James Patterson 2013 Pep Talk)

There’s just one more week to go! We can do it!

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