Hot Tips for Finishing NaNo!!

There’s just one week left to triumph over the challenge of NaNoWriMo, and lots of us have major word-count ground to make up. (I just squeaked past the 30,000-word mark today, but that leaves almost 20,000 more words to write in five days.)  If you’re like me—and, like so many of us, you also happen to be a busy working mom, with Thanksgiving to plan, to boot—can you still make it over the finish line?

I’m here to tell you YES, YOU CAN!!

So I’ve got some tips for you today—and, not entirely surprisingly, they sound a lot like the tips I’d give you, under all the same stressful circumstances, for how to keep your sex life hot:

1. Don’t apologize for focusing on your own needs: You’re never going to get much pleasure in life if you keep putting everyone else first, and the same goes for getting your writing done. Stow the kids in another room with the TV, at least for a couple hours. Forget about vacuuming and laundry. You deserve some quality time doing what brings you satisfaction!

2. Do it in public: If you haven’t yet, tell everyone you know that you’re trying to finish NaNo. Post your word count on Facebook, tweet it to the Twitterverse, put up a sign in front of your house. Just like sex in public, the potential for public embarrassment can, um, pump up your energy level magnificently.

3. Have a glass of wine: You need to let go of your stress, and all your inner editors. You are beautiful, baby! Just let it flow!

4. Try something new:  Is your usual routine bogging you down? Write by hand for awhile if you normally word-process. Or write in a different place than you normally do—in a café, or a park, or at a buddy’s house. A little change of scenery can work wonders.

5. Bring out the whipped cream: Like sex, writing shouldn’t feel like a chore. If you’re feeling bogged down in a scene that’s not lighting your fires, skip to one that seems more exciting. It’s like having dessert first! Who cares if it’s completely out of order? Nobody every said you have to hit every point from A to Z.

6. If all else fails, don’t wait for inspiration, just DO it!!:  Too tired today? All the little stresses of life have you feeling “just not in the mood”? Don’t let that stop you! Just get started, no matter how grumpy you are.  Set a timer for 15 minutes and keep your fingers moving over the keyboard without a single pause until the chime rings. (No matter what, DON’T STOP TYPING, even if you have to just keep typing the same phrase over and over until the next pops into your brain.) Before you know it, the mood…or, um, of course I mean the muse will show up and party.

You can leave a comment through Nov. 26, after which I will randomly select a winner for a $10  e-gift card from Amazon.com.

All commenters will be entered to win a grand prize of $25 USD from All Romance eBooks! And don’t forget to leave a comment on our other NGWN NaNo blogs for a chance to win some of these other cool prizes:

From Leela Lou Dahlin, her NaNoWriMo novel, Rumor Has It

From Ella Sheridan: $10 Gift Card for Amazon

From A. Catherine Noon and Rachel Wilder: Copy of SEALED BY FIRE (or choice of backlist)

From Angel Payne: Free e-copy of either NO PRINCE CHARMING or NO MORE MASQUERADE

From Harlowe Wilde: Copy of Kitty Kitty Bang Bang & $5 Amazon gift card

From Dani Wade: Choice of Backlist book

From Nona Raines: ecopy of Her Perfect Man and Don’t Let Go or another of her backlist

A prize from Dakota Trace

From Taige Crenshaw: $10 All Romance ebook e-gift card

Good luck, NaNo-ers! Have a fabulous final week!

9 thoughts on “Hot Tips for Finishing NaNo!!

  1. Angel Payne says:

    Lara, LOVED all these suggestions. The 15-minute sprints are always super helpful for me–especially if you can get together with some friends and “race”. But wine doesn’t hurt, either. Tee hee.

  2. Lara Archer says:

    Sprints are the best. I’m off to join one right now!

  3. Piper Malone says:

    Thanks for the great tips, Lara. I’m going to try the sprints to help get through this next week. I’ve never done it before. It might be fun to see how much I can get done in such a short amount of time.

    1. Lara Archer says:

      Good luck, Piper! If you’ve never done sprints, you may be amazed at how much they focus your brain. I couldn’t get by without them.

  4. kirifox01 says:

    Thank you. I needed the push. I am much further behind then I was last year at this time. Just need to write, write, write!!!

    1. Lara Archer says:

      You can do it!!! It’s amazing how many words you can pump out in a few hours if you truly turn the inner editor off!

  5. Tina B says:

    I think that is some great advice to writers!
    Good luck in the last leg of your intense month! 😉

    1. Lara Archer says:

      Thanks, Tina!! Four days and 10,000 words to go….

    2. A. Catherine Noon says:

      Hi, Tina! You are the winner for this post, congrats! Please email me your contact information so we can send you your prize. My email address is a.catherine.noon AT gmail. Thanks!

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