So today is Day 7 of NaNoWriMo, which means that tomorrow is the first day of the second week.

Before I continue with this post, I want to congratulate everyone who is on track with their goals. By midnight we will have reached the 25% mark in terms of time. You may have thoughts like, “It’s only the 7th!” Don’t let them keep you from enjoying the process. NaNoWriMo is not almost over—not even half way—but the end is not as far as it may seem.

Now, on to the real blog post.

5. think about what you’ve written so far

Don’t spend too much time on this. NaNoWriMo, from my experience, is mostly just getting random thoughts on the page. It’s okay if it doesn’t stay close to your outline. All that matters is that you get the pages filled.

That doesn’t mean it’s a bad idea to think about it a little. Consider where your story is heading. You don’t want to be blind the whole way. You at least need some direction.


Even though we’re spending a lot of time writing this month, that doesn’t mean it’s not a good idea to do some warmups. I wasn’t in the mood to work on my novel yesterday, so I wrote a Dear Future Me letter instead. Surprisingly, the words began to flow not long after. I think the secret here is that writing more isn’t writing wasted.

Work on some prompts. Write in a diary. Learn how to write a Dear Future Me letter.

3. get some exercise

Take a break from writing. Go on a run. Eat some healthy food. Trust me, I use NaNoWriMo as an excuse all the time. An excuse to not get enough sleep, not eat enough food (or the healthiest options), and skipping out on exercise. Make sure that you are making up for your time hunched over a desk.

Rewind a bit. You are 25% there. You can’t quit now. There is no going back.

Grab a bite, take a deep breath, and enjoy some fresh air before returning to the keyboard tomorrow.

2. hang with friends

Normally I might hang out with friends after school, but this past week I’ve been going straight home every day to make sure I could get my homework done early and fit in some writing time before my family would come home.

Don’t forget that you are the boss of your novel. Don’t let this writing challenge dictate your life. You are in control of what you do with your time, so don’t feel like you need to sacrifice everything just to meet your word count. Make sure to spend some time catching up with friends and enjoying the things you normally enjoy in life.

1. Have a little celebration!

Don’t mope about how much more you have to write. Look forward to it!

You have come so far. But even if you are behind, you still have plenty of time to catch up. Think of 25% as the sweet spot. You can get your act together, or relax a bit.

One thing I noticed about nanowrimo

Going into this challenge I assumed my life would change drastically. That I would have to make way more sacrifices than I wanted to.

One thing I noticed is that NaNoWriMo doesn’t change much about my life. It’s not about writing more than I usually do. It’s not even about finishing this book in one month. In the end, it really comes down to realizing how simple it is to write every day.

Writing has become a much larger part of my routine, and I am really looking forward to the rest of this month.

Congratulations on making it this far! You can do this! 😀

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Melissa Torrefranca

Hello writers of the world! I'm Melissa, the founder / designer of Teen Authors Journal. Although I create blog posts every Tuesday at 4 p.m. (Pacific Time), I have absolutely no clue what I'm doing! I'd love to learn more about all of you, so please don't hesitate to shoot me a message! 🙂

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