Surviving NaNoWriMo 2014: Share Your Tips!

by Crystal Paradis-Catanzaro

Before the kickoff of NaNoWriMo 2014, I wrote this guest article over on

Read article here.

I outlined the things that I wished that I knew before taking on the NaNoWriMo challenge in 2012 and 2013—things that would have made some of those last bleary-eyed, furiously-typing days and nights a little easier. And although 2014 was not my year*, I learned about an entirely new set of obstacles, and gained some knowledge that will help me succeed next time. I look forward to writing up what I learned this November, but in the meantime, I’d love to know what YOU learned this year.

What made it easier? What made it harder? Was there something you’ll never do again, or something you will do in every writing challenge from now on?

Let me know in the comments below, or tweet at me. I’d love to collect some 2014 Final Week of NaNoWriMo wisdom from you. Specifically, if, like me, you’re SO far behind that you’ve accepted defeat this year, I’m very interested in hearing from you. What went wrong?

And for those of you on the heels of winning, or if you’ve totally blown past 50k already (ahem, Jeff), godspeed and keep going! I’ll buy you a beer December 1 (or whenever you’ve finally slept).

*(What the chart below DOESN’T show is the writing I’ve been able to do this month that I otherwise wouldn’t have done. More on that later…)