NaNoWriMo Check In

nanowrmiHey, Germs!  We’re in the month of November, which means we have officially begun National Novel Writing Month.  I’m doing alright, and I’m enjoying the story I’m working with.  It’s one I’ve been wanting to work on for ages but haven’t had much of a chance to.  So, I figured it was perfect for NaNoWriMo.  You can be my writing buddy on the NaNoWriMo site here.

Enough about me, though!

Usually the first week is the easy week of NaNoWriMo.  You’re still consumed with excitement and powered by momentum.  By the second week, though?  Things are getting harder; characters need to make harder choices, and sometimes words just don’t want to play right on the page.  The writing gets harder as the month goes on, but that’s okay.

Here’s a few things you can keep in mind when your novel starts to become more difficult:

  1. Take a small break.  Get up and walk around the room a little. Go grab a snack or a drink.  Sometimes you get stuck because you’ve been doing the same thing for too long.  Breaks are very important!  This also makes sure you don’t wind up injuring your wrists, neck, or any other body parts.
  2. Find a writing buddy.  This has been working like a charm for me.  My writing buddy and I exchange what we’ve been writing, and we encourage each other.  This keeps us motivated and on track.  It’s perfect.
  3. If you’re still getting stuck, try writing little descriptions of what you want to happen — a more detailed outline.  That’s helped me in the past!  It’s how I got through last year’s NaNo.
  4. Keep having fun.  It may be a contest, and there may be prizes, but this is still about enjoying yourself and accomplishing something.  Even if you don’t hit the 50,000 words in one month, you still will have accomplished something big.  You started a novel and made progress.  That’s awesome!
  5. Don’t give up.  You CAN do this!

Happy writing to everyone out there whose participating in NaNoWriMo!  You can do it!


NaNoWriMo Calendar created by DeviantArt member hermiejr157
LL Lemke is from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. She loves writing science fiction and fantasy— or anything that is character driven. She still kind of wants to be a superhero or a ninja. She has a soft spot for villains in fiction.  She also loves reading (which is one reason she's Germ's indie book reviewer). Some favorites are Neil Gaiman, Chuck Palahniuk, George RR Martin, JK Rowling... If she met any of them, she’s pretty sure she'd be completely unable to form coherent sentences. She is also a martial artist, with a 2nd degree black belt in taekwondo and currently training for her 3rd degree. She loves the martial arts almost as much as she loves writing. She enjoys incorporating the martial arts into her writing as well!  You can find her on tumblr and twitter, as well as visit her author page and blog.  Want to recommend an indie book for her to review?  Contact her at


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