NaNoWriMo Finish Line

nanowrimoHey, Germs!  We’ve come to the end of NaNoWrimo.  After thirty days of writing, how many words have you cranked out?

I dropped out this year, but you know what?  That’s okay.  Even if you don’t win NaNoWriMo, you’ve accomplished something really great. You started a novel; you made progress on something.  You started. That’s the hard part.

But for those of you who are still writing like crazy?  You are amazing.

A few tips for NaNoWriMo end-game:

  • Try doing writing sprints.  Find a buddy to work with; challenge each other to an hour of just writing.  Writing within that time constraint can really help your productivity.
  • Take breaks.  Get up and walk around. Grab a snack or a drink.  If you keep going and going and going without a break, you start to become less efficient.  Sometimes your eyes need some time away from the screen and the novel.
  • Keep having fun.  This is a contest, but it’s meant to be fun!

All of you who are attempting NaNoWriMo this month are amazing.  Even if you only got a few words done, you did something awesome.  You should be proud of yourself!  You can do it.


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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