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NaNoWriMo—Tips for Combatting the Midway Slump Part 1

Now that we’re approaching the halfway point of NaNoWriMo, you may be falling into the midway slump, when the writer’s block starts catching up and it feels like there’s no light at either end of the tunnel. Don’t worry, this will pass! And we’re here to walk you through this difficult stage. You’re doing a great job!

Feeling overwhelmed

By this point you may be feeling stuck on where your plot is going, or overwhelmed by how much you have left to write. The best way to get through this is to take it one day at a time—1,666 words at a time. You don’t need to worry about having a solid story thus far, only content. As we mentioned in our last post, the goal of NaNoWriMo isn’t to produce a ready-made novel, but content you can shape into one. Hopefully if you created a routine around your writing, you can now use that routine to get the minimum amount of writing done one day at a time until you are finished.

Keep writing!

More than anything else, the best thing you can do is keep writing. Don’t worry about what you’ve written so far or if it’s going perfectly in the direction you want or if it’s interesting enough or how you’re going to tie up the ending. There will be time to go back and evaluate all of those things. For now, it’s important to keep writing!

Want to publish your NaNoWriMo novel?

Don’t forget, Light of the Moon, Inc. is offering a special NaNoWriMo publishing package this November! The package includes professional editing, layout and design, and five printed copies of your book! Sign up before the end of November! Learn more at

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