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Write-minded Podcast: The Muddy Middle
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She Writes
November 2018
Written by
She Writes
November 2018

If you aren't listening to the Write-minded Podcast already, now is the time to start. With hosts Brooke Warner of She Writes and Grant Faulkner of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) you will get hands-on writing tips and advice from these experts and their guests.

This month, the focus is all on NaNoWriMo, but whether you're participating in the month-long challenge or not, this week's talk about the "muddy middle' is something any author can appreciate. 

NaNoWriMo Guidance: Getting Through the "Muddy Middle," featuring Gennifer Albin

In this episode we catch up with Brooke and Grant's progress so far and they share how NaNo has taught them that you don't always get a reserved amount of time for writing. Sometimes you just have to fit it in. Whether you are trying to hit a NaNo word count, working on deadline, or just setting personal goals, writing may not happen during a designated window at your desk. 

It could happen in fifteen minute chunks at a child's soccer game or waiting in an airport (like bestselling author and NaNoWriMo participant Hugh Howie). 

The Mid-NaNoWriMo Stall

Grant and Brooke also talk about how this time of the challenge is the most likely time for participants to quit. Frequently the first-week energy has worn off, you fall behind on your word count and the deficit feels insurmountable so many drop off. Grant advises that this is the exact time, however, when you should turn up the heat. 

You have your goal in hand (50,000 words in a month). Now is the time decide on how you'll reward yourself when you achieve it. Think big and luxurious so that you have a new motivator to push you forward. 

For some more motivation, go listen to the interview with Gennifer Albin. She is one of the first participants to have a NaNoWriMo book published and has been taking part in the challenge since 2010. She did her first 50,000 words with a baby at home and no idea where to start writing. Now she is a New York TimesUSA Today, and internationally bestselling author of women’s fiction and young adult novels.

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