Don't Die During NaNoWriMo

Good day my friends. I hope that this month you are excited and anxious to write the beginnings of what are sure to be incredible novels. My fellow Avengers have given wonderful advice so far. It is my goal today to expand on small points made by the Hawk Man and Miss Potts. Namely this:

Do not die during NaNoWriMo.

It would be a shame to see a talented writer such as yourself fall when they are so close to victory. Second, while we all love to write, no amount of words is more important than your physical and mental health. Not to mention the relationships you cherish and connections that matter.

First, your physical health. I beg of you to take breaks often. My alter-ego took a writing retreat last weekend and had the option to write for eighteen hours straight. While she did for most of that time, she also made sure to stand, move, eat, and drink. A scene wasn't coming, she went for a walk. Her foot fell asleep, she got up to stretch. She ate regular meals and snacked on healthy (and some not so healthy) foods. While caffeine is your friend, too much of it can harm you. Make sure you get plenty of sleep, movement, and healthy food or your words will not be as lovely as they can be.

Second, your mental health. While outlining helps and preparation is key, you might find yourself lost in your own story at some point. You may become agitated and overly-stressed. If you find yourself in a low place, please do something else. Watch a happy movie. Read an uplifting book. Spend time with people you love. NaNoWriMo is mentally exhaustive. Not only does your body need breaks, but your mind does as well. (I might add, blogging is a nice alternative to manuscript writing, to let your mind focus on something else for a time.)

Third, your relationships. No doubt you warned your family, friends, and co-workers that you might be a tad bit crazy during the month of November. As understanding as they will try to be, you should still make an effort to show them you have not disappeared entirely from their lives. Try to know how best to show them you care, and do something small every day or two to reinforce that. Let them know you appreciate their support in your efforts. And if you have a problem you can't solve, try asking them for brainstorming help. You may not need their solutions so much as just the opportunity to talk things through out loud, hear another person's voice, or maybe laugh at something ridiculous.

This isn't much, but I hope you take it to heart. Writing fifty thousand words in thirty days is a huge undertaking. Some people can easily accomplish it, while others struggle -- I'll admit I am of the latter group. Whatever the case, know yourself. Know your body's capabilities. Know your limits, and do not cross them. Please do not die.

Good luck.



  1. Some really great advice. Especially eating. I forget that one. Though, eating any time during the year is always easily forgotten when it comes to me.

  2. Jack: I know, right?! I am a college student. Poorly scheduled meals is practically in the job description. :-P
    Thor: Nice bathrobe. (I want one!) I should know, my bathrobes are either ratty and old ugly or just plain irredeemably ugly. :-P