Exercises, writing

NaNo ’18: Day 15 (Readjusting)

Part of the challenge of NaNoWriMo is that lofty goal of 50,000 words. It’s a stretch and a challenge for many of us. In some cases it might seem impossible. Fifty thousand words is a lot, especially to push out in one month and most especially when faced with other challenges of social lives, health, paying the bills. 

The good news however, is that now, halfway through the month, is a good time to consider the options you have and whether or not you need to readjust your daily goal. Although the daily goal is 1,667 words, that’s not always something we can feasibly manage. Instead, take a look at the days you know you have free to write, and how many words you still have left to get down. Where can you devote extra time to writing? Where do you know you’re going to take a hit on time?

Readjusting your timeline and goals isn’t a bad thing. That ability to flex and adapt is after all, something that humans have used to survive for thousands of years. So use it now to help you survive NaNo. Readjust, adapt. Recognize that you’re not out of the running yet and keep going. Even if you don’t make that grand goal of fifty-thousand words, you’re still making progress. You may just have to readjust where you’re aiming for.


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