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5 Ways to Re-energize During the Mid NaNo Drag
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She Writes
November 2019
Written by
She Writes
November 2019

Let's be honest, forcing yourself to sit down and write upwards of 1,600 words every day for 30 days straight can be exhausting. While NaNoWriMo is a great time to get your book written, it can also be trying and somewhere along the way you're going to need a break to re-energize yourself. If you're hitting that mid-month lull, these five activities will help get you back-on-track and ready to finish strong.

Get Outside

Creatives in any field will tell you that when they need to re-group and re-energize themselves for work, they head outside to collect inspiration and a sense of calm. No matter where you're located, leaving the confines of your home or the coffee shop you're writing at will give you a renewed sense of hope and get you away from staring at a blank wall or the empty coffee cup in front of you. Hiking, people watching or even just partaking in a quick walk will put you in better spirits and prepare you to return to the page with new vigor.

Indulge in a Date Night

Yes, we're giving you the OK to get out and have some fun during NaNoWriMo. Not only will a night out with your significant other, family or friends provide an opportunity to take a break, but it will also get you out of your head. From the people you see to the places you visit, there's inspiration everywhere. Brilliance can strike when you least expect it. Give yourself the opportunity to take a fun-filled night off and see if your cup is replenished in the morning.

Talk to Your Writer Friends

One thing NaNoWriMo is big on is finding your community and working through the tough times together. If you're interested in meeting up with other writers in your area who are also participating in NaNoWriMo, check out the 'Community' tab on your NaNoWriMo dashboard. Otherwise, it's never a bad idea to reach out to your mentors or other writers you know and clue in on their best tips and tricks for getting out of a writing rut.

Blog About It

We know that when you're in a writing slump the last thing you want to do is write even more. But writing about your frustrations, achievements and overall thoughts on NaNoWriMo can give you major relief and keep you on track. You can always journal these thoughts if you don't want to make them public but sharing on your blog can also help rally some support. You can even share your journey right here on She Writes! Members get their own blog when they sign up. 

Imagine the Finished Product

You've hit the 25,000-word mark and are feeling a bit burnt out--we get it. In these moments, it's important to remember why you're participating in NaNoWriMo in the first place: to write your book. While this will only be the first draft and there are many steps that come after you finish those 50,000 words, don't forget that one day, this story will be a book you can share with the world. If you're aiming to publish the story you write during NaNoWriMo, imagine what your cover will look like, which authors you'd love to blurb it and what it will look like being held by one your readers. If you're still unsure if you want to publish this NaNoWriMo manuscript, know that by the time the month is over, you will have achieved the great feat of writing an entire book from start to finish. No matter your motivation, just know that you're already halfway there and the light at the end of the tunnel is coming.

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