It’s the halfway point of NaNoWriMo. If you’re taking part, now is probably a good time to have some reminders. I’m writing this before NaNoWriMo as much for myself as I am to you.

It’s okay to be behind

If you’re behind, you’re fine! Even if you don’t win, you’re still fine! You can take this time to reassess and modify your goal! NaNoRebels are a thing that happens every year! They might be people who change their goal, sometimes up, sometimes down, sometimes they write a whole bunch of short stories or poems instead of a novel. You still have time to join the rebels! You are absolutely allowed to do that. Even if you don’t and you wind up not winning, that is also completely fine. You’re still winding up with more words on your project than you had in October. And that’s excellent.

Take care of your body

How did you sleep last night? Have you had water? Can you roll your shoulders for me and yawn as big as possible?When was the last time you took a few steps away from your desk or phone? NaNoWriMo or any other marathon writing event is as much a physical event as it is a mental one. I can tell you from experience that it is really freaking hard to write when sitting causes you pain. Have you stretched? Gently, please. You don’t want to throw out something through stretching.

Push yourself – within limitations

NaNoWriMo is a time where there’s community support to do things that are hard! You can use that support to push yourself to do things you didn’t know you could do. Even if you don’t get to 50 000, even getting to 10 000 or 5 000 words can be a stretch. Stretch yourself mentally as well as physically! You know your own limits. Try to go just a little bit beyond them. Not enough to hurt yourself, mind, just enough to get yourself to do something you weren’t sure you could do.

Enjoy the rest of your NaNoWriMo!