NaNoWriMo – How to Finish

We are in the final days of NaNoWriMo. This can be both an exciting and terrifying time. It is exciting if you are on track and (have) or will meet the goal of 50,000 words in a single month. It can be a bit terrifying if you are close, but worried after all this hard work you won’t make it.

Keep Calm and Write On
If you aren’t finished yet, then your number one job right now is to keep writing. Whether you are only a few hundred words from the finish line or still thousands of words away, don’t give up. The last weekend of NaNo is upon us and amazing word counts can be a achieved. But don’t forget not winning NaNo isn’t the end of the world.

Find a Writing Event Near You
If you need a little extra motivation, check on your local NaNo page to see if there are any write-ins happening near you this weekend. NaNo has given me some of the best friends I have. We didn’t meet through official meet ups, but we bonded over word sprints/wars at small NaNo gatherings. I don’t know where my writing would be without this amazing support. If you can’t find anything in person, check out @NaNoWordSprints.

Donate to NaNoWriMo
I know not everyone can donate, but if you can then get yourself a halo. I usually buy my halo at the end of the month when I put in our writing group’s NaNo order. It is only $10 to get a halo on your username. A small price to pay to give back to a wonderful event.

Enjoy the Moment
When you cross the 50k finish line, don’t forget to validate. To validate you need to click on the “I am ready to validate my novel” link under the spot you usually enter your words. Also be sure to tell your friends, family, and anyone else who will listen. You have achieved an amazing thing. Toot your own horn. You deserve it!

How is your NaNo going this year? Are you happy you gave it a try?

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