NaNoWriMo: Week Four

A week-by-week guide through National Novel Writing Month. This essay covers the fourth week of November.

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Follows: Week Three

This is it. The final week of NaNoWriMo is about to end, and there a few extra days until the month is done. You’re nearly there. You may have reached 50,000 words already, or you might still be some way off. Either way, the next few days are the final push. Take a moment to pause, as you’ll need to be well-rested for the final sprint.

It’s time to finish this off properly.

Create Your Plan

Finish with a flourish. If you’ve got anything left to write, it should only be a few thousand words. Take a moment before tackling them to look over everything you have written so far. Have you answered all the questions your novel asked at the beginning? Have your characters completed their arcs? Will the ending you are about to write be satisfying? You might find you want to slightly alter the final piece, or expand it even. That’s ok; tell the story that needs to be told.

Execute Your Plan

What you’ll probably find is that as you start writing the last few thousand words, you’ll get into this weird headspace that’s really hard to describe. Everything will start flowing out of you in one sitting, so be prepared to lock yourself away for as long as it takes!

Write the rest of it. It’s that simple, really.

We’re coming to the end of an interesting journey. If it’s looking like you’re going to make it to the finish line with the completed word-count, great! But, if it’s looking like you won’t reach that goal, I want you to carry on. Stick to your plan and try and write however many words you’d planned on writing. If you don’t meet your word-count target, or you don’t finish before November does, it’s not the end of the world. Get as much down as you can, and revel in that moment when you can finally write THE END.


Next: Week Five

David Chitty was born and raised in Thanet in the 90s. He devotes most of his energies to writing fantasy fiction novels.

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