Do you know that “All Is Lost” moment in a novel? It usually happens at the end of Act Two.
I feel like that’s where I’m at with National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).
Why? Because I went to San Diego for vacation. And my word count status for NaNoWriMo has plummeted.
For me and my NaNoWriMo progress, it seems like all is lost.
As a writer, an ‘All Is Lost’ moment is the most hellish trial your character will have to go through — Standout Books Publishing Services
If you find yourself on vacation this month, here are 6 tips to help keep your writing progress on track.
1. Write on the plane
“Being confined to your seat for several hours on a plane is the perfect time to write.” — Meghan Miller, Tethered by Letters
2. Wake up a little earlier, stay up a little later
“…you’ll need to slot that work into your vacation schedule the same way you schedule it into life back home.” — Kevin T. Johns
3. Write during down-time
When you’re back at the hotel, type a bit on your laptop or scribble in your notebook instead of watching TV. You probably won’t be able to put in a thousand words in one go, but it’ll be better than nothing. You may even surprise yourself with how much you get done.
4. Increase your daily word count before you go
Put on your MathWriterMatician hat. Figure out what you’d like your daily word count to be while on vacation. Divide that number by the number of days you’ll be on vacation. Spread that amount over the week or two before you leave. If you do that, then…
5. Don’t write at all during the time off
Make a conscious decision to be on vacation, with no writing. Be guilt-free. Allow yourself to enjoy the well-deserved time off. Just be ready to…
6. Hustle when you return home
Hopefully, you won’t get back home in need of a vacation from your vacation. (We’ve all been there.) If you’re like me and return home with a paltry word count, there’s good news. The month isn’t over.
Be gentle on yourself. Write as much as you can during the rest of November. Even if you think all is lost, write like it isn’t. Make a conscious effort to try to meet your NaNoWriMo goal, even if it’s less than 50,000 words.
“But what about Thanksgiving?”
Many of the items above can apply to Thanksgiving, too, especially tip numbers 2, 4, 5, and 6.
Since I plan on making a Thanksgiving dinner, I know that writing on Thursday will be impossible. Wednesday will be tough, too, because I’ll cook several things early, like homemade cranberry sauce, gravy, and apple pie.
But I’ll have a writing strategy going in.
- Work on increasing my daily word count the days before Thanksgiving.
- Allow myself to take the holiday off and be guilt-free.
- Hustle when Thanksgiving is over (while consuming yummy leftovers, of course).
Do you have any tips to add? What writing strategy will you use for Thanksgiving?
Check out these related posts:
Why Your Novel Needs An ‘All Is Lost’ Moment – And How To Create One — Standout Publishing Book Services
Should You Write While On Vacation? — Kevin T. Johns
Writing While On Vacation — Tethered by Letters
And my article: