The finish line is in sight. We’re on the final stretch. After today, you only have two more days to get to your NaNoWriMo goal (eeek!!). How you feel about that probably depends on what your current wordcount is and how much you still have to write until you get to 50,000 words!

For some of us, these last few days are going to be a lot of work, stretching ourselves to get to 50,000.

At the start of NaNoWriMo it was easy to hit your writing goals. Perhaps you’d been thinking about your plot for a while, so it was easy to finally put down in writing all those ideas that had been swimming around inside your head before NaNoWriMo even started. Perhaps you spent the first few weeks of NaNoWriMo developing some really strong, well-rounded characters and it was easy to know exactly how they were going to behave at the beginning of your novel.

Now though, as we get to the end of NaNoWriMo, you are deep into the meat of your story. This is the hardest part to write. It’s the most intricate and it’s probably not as well planned as the beginning or very end of your novel.

So, here you are, trying to make sure that you hit your final word count, and you’re writing the hardest part of your novel! That’s a recipe for disaster and you have to find a way to make sure that you’re writing doesn’t slow down.

Luckily, there are a couple of solutions. You can try skipping ahead to an easier part of the plot that will be easier to write. Or you can try pushing through, knowing that you might have to come back and rework this part later.

The most important thing is to make sure that you’re working on a part of your novel that you can write quickly. Now is not the time to be writing complex scenes that you’re going to have to agonize over. If it takes you five minutes to write one sentence then something is wrong and it’s time to change up your NaNoWriMo strategy.

Keep writing! You’ve got this.

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