How are you all today? I'm feeling pretty good about things, even though I'm behind my over-achieving goal. The words are coming better, it doesn't feel like such an exhausting pursuit, and I'm having fun.
Have any of you all been going through mid-way blues? The slump that comes in the middle is definitely no fun, and I got it early this year. With a slow start (opposed to my usual get-ahead-while-you-can-in-the-beginning approach) and various circumstances that left me feeling totally worn out, getting those words down were super hard. It was honestly pretty discouraging, and I wasn't very happy about how things are going. So what are some ways to get out of those mid-way blues?
1. If you have to, take a break. I know a lot of people promote pushing through even when it's hard, and sure, sometimes that is the trick. But then there are times when no amount of pushing through is going to help. If you are truly tired and you just don't have the energy, take some time to go catch a nap, take a shower, or relax. I've spent a few days so far not doing any writing--the first three or so was in the first week and I was just busy. But one recently was because I took it off just to rest and get a little recharge. I felt SO much better after that, and things are going a ton better for writing now.
2. Try Word Crawls. When it seems like the words are just taking forever to get out and you're feeling pretty down and out, sometimes a fast-paced word sprint or word war is not the best idea. They're great for when you're ready to hit that thing with some mad typing, but when you're already tired, it can just be sad to see how slow you're moving that day. Introducing word crawls. I had heard of them before, but had never tried one before this NaNo...but when I was having a rough time writing some other NaNo-ers recommended that I try a Word Crawl and boy oh boy did it help! While Word Crawls are a little more in-depth than a word sprint, it's done with varying sizes of steps or goals along the way, so it makes it fun and you feel better as you are able to reach the various goals easier...in the long run these crawls can bring in several thousand words. I'm almost down with this one: The Road Trip Crawl.
3. Remember how great you story is. If that means checking out your Pinterest mood board, daydreaming about your characters for a few minutes, or listening to a few songs that make you think of your book, do it. Remember just how great your story is and why you're excited to write it! :)
And if you're having mid-way troubles and nothing seems to work-- don't worry. You are awesome for doing this crazy NaNoWriMo stuff, and just think of all the words you have written already! Don't ever let yourself feel down, because just sitting there writing two sentences is progress and is amazing. You go, writer!! :)
Let me know in the comments below if you are experiencing or have had trouble with mid-way blues. What did you do to keep going? Have you got a favorite inspiring quote or something that is a mini pep-talk to you? Share with us! :)
Hope you have a lovely day!