5 Ways To Keep Up Your NaNoWriMo Momentum All Year


Writing every day.

You both love and hate that fact about being a writer.

National Novel Writing Month has truly opened my eyes to how lazy I’ve been as a writer.  I’m actually sad to see November end.

This year’s NaNoWriMo has kicked my butt into gear in a way that I’ve never experienced before.  I’ve made myself write daily – yes, most of that writing needs serious editing.

But I’ve been writing!

The question now is…

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By that, I mean you’ve got to hang onto what’s pushed you through in November.  You’ve done it for a month, and you can keep it up!

Did you know it only takes 3-5 days to make a habit?  You’ve been writing for A WHOLE MONTH.

NaNoWriMo has become a habit, and you need to keep feeding it.

One of the things I love about NaNoWriMo is all of the writers coming together and encouraging each other.

The playing field is totally level in NaNoWriMo.

Professionals are humbled and beginners are exalted.  The muse favors no one.

We need each other in order to get this writing thing done.

Find some people you connected with during NaNoWriMo.  Stick with them.  Commit to checking in with word counts and doing some word sprints together!

Dedicated people will continue to spur you on to greatness.

You’ve spent a whole month (or more) writing this book.

If you’re like me, you tend to get discouraged by editing because nothing new is being made.

But the reality is that editing is just as important as the writing!

It’s okay to let your editing time count just as much as your writing time.

Spent an hour a day writing for NaNoWriMo?  Now it’s time to spend an hour a day editing.

All of that time adds up just like all of those words add up.

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I’m guilty of undervaluing the power of rewards.

One of the things I love about NaNoWriMo is how increments of words made are celebrated!

We rejoice at the first 10k, 25k, 40k…

How are you going to keep celebrating your success?  Here are some reward ideas.

Take a day off.

Take a road trip.

Watch your favorite movie with your favorite person.

Buy a new book (because every writer needs good reading material to stay inspired!)

Get a massage.

At the same time, keep your long term goals in mind.  And give yourself grace if you don’t meet your own deadlines.  Writing is a marathon, not a sprint.

You’ve spent all of this time making words.

That’s the most important part of being a writer.

The second most important part is learning the business of writing.

How are you going to invest in your writing?  Do you want a career as an author?  Do you just want to publish a single book?

Whatever your writing goals are, you can make yourself more successful by studying your business.

One of the ways I’ve chosen to invest in my business, since I’m in it for the long haul, is by taking a class for authors about Facebook marketing.

There are limitless resources available to you.

Now it’s time to go out there and find them.  Invest in yourself!


About Sydney

Sydney is writing happy endings. She loves connecting with readers and writers while helping them pursue their dreams. In August 2015, Sydney released her first novel Chase through Koehler Books. When she isn't writing, Sydney can be found at the barn with her horse Snowdy.