Camp NaNo-ers out there! We’re half way there!
However…we’ve just entered the notorious Week Three. And you know what that means, right?
Week Three Blues.
Dun dun dun!
Typically, week three is when you start to slow down and panic. Maybe you’re not hitting your word count every day, or you’re struggling to figure your way out of that plot hole. That little stats graph you have? It’s starting to level off, and the goal line is looking like a zip-wire from the currently non-existent top.
Of course, there are writers who hit their goal on, like, day one. Those people have bones of steel and a life-time’s supply of coffee in their system. Just remember that it’s ok to fall behind – most people do!
So…what can you do if you do fall behind?
- Sprint, sprint, sprint, sprint! Sit down at your computer one day and just write. Write like hell. Get those words on the paper, don’t even bother to check if they’re in the same language. Actually, you might want to do that, otherwise revision will be hell.
- Look up some dares on the NaNoWriMo website – especially the YWP one, where it has a ‘dare’ button, functioning most of the year round (until the site is renovated for the next year). See how many you can incorporate into your work!
- Word wars! They happen on Twitter most nights, or you can find one in the forums, even your cabin! Why not grab a writing buddy – chances are, they’re suffering Week Three Blues, too!
- Rebel! Write a short story, article, song, anything to get the juices flowing and that word count soaring.
- Give up all hope and go and have a nap. I can pretty much guarantee that you’ll wake up and your characters will be banging in your head.
- Read some articles about it on the Camp NaNoWriMo site. You might find some more inspiration. Alternatively, read my Inspirenza article I published last Friday!
It’s hard to write when you have no motivation. Tell someone about your novel and get them to beat you up until you write. Say that if you don’t, you’ll have to go and do something else you hate, like running or socialising.
Many people find it easier to work under pressure, however; new ideas spring like a broken tap (new clichés, too). You never know, you might sit down and find you’ve written 1000 words in half an hour when you think it’s about 10. Anything is possible!
If you really want some motivation, try the fanmade Achievement Badge, called ‘Week Three Blues‘. I’m aiming to get it – are you?
Listen to the song as well!
Go defeat those Week Three Blues!
Questions, comments, thoughts? Shoot! 😀