3 Tips To NaNoWriMo Without Losing Your Mind – Idea Sparking Survival

Photo by Paul Simao

Photo by Paul Simao

National Novel Writing Month challenges all of us to dig a little deeper than ever before. Whether you are going for the ultimate challenge of writing a thirty-day novel, or you set the bar higher in your word count goal, it is an intense journey.

Add life’s many responsibilities, stress, and family obligations to create a recipe for CRAZY!

My first NaNoWriMo my children were ages 8, 5, 4, and 3. That year was an adventure in CRAZY-MAKING proportions. I remember binging on junk food to stay up until 2 a.m. writing. I didn’t make my goal that first year, but I made it over half way.

The following years I got smarter in my approach to writing a novel in a month. I planned ahead and found success more than once.

Believe it or not, there is a method to the madness of writing a thirty-day novel. Some universal characteristics marked my successful years. These are a few of the things that will keep you from losing your mind on the journey.

3 Tips to NaNoWriMo Without Losing Your Mind:

*Ask for help. Everyone needs help to finish a novel in thirty-days. Get take-out, take a day of vacation toward the end of month, get a substitute for your Sunday School Class, bring in more guests to your blog, find a sitter for Saturday, etc. Expecting yourself to the super hero of your world and the writing world at the same time is not realistic. Have compassion on yourself and ask for help.

*Partner with another writer. Finding someone else who is on the thirty-day novel journey at the same time is paramount to success. It will give you someone to moan, celebrate, and be accountable with who understands what you are going through.

*Plan ahead for success. Set goals, scheduled helpers, and find a helper in advance. If you have other writing responsibilities, get them off of your plate before November 1st. Write blogs ahead of time and delegate your responsibilities while it is still easy to get someone to cover for you.

Help your family be a part of your journey and involve them in the excitement. It will pay off later.

Looking for other resources to help you on your thirty-day novel journey?

Final Idea Sparking 30 Ideas coverMy newest release: Idea Sparking: 30 Idea Sparks to Write a Novel in a Month is a great way to help you spark your novel.  Why?

Idea Sparking: 30 Idea Sparks to Write a Novel in a Month accompanies an author on a thirty-day novel journey. Daily idea prompts assist authors in finding the inspiration to write. With personal experience insights and goal setting reflections, this book is the perfect resource for the writer who wants to write a novel in a month, or the author looking for a resource for their everyday writing journey. What you will find in this incredible resource:

*A weekly inspirational focus to get you ready to write

*Daily Idea Sparks to spark your creativity and get you writing

*Mini writing craft tips that enhance your writing

*Daily Mid-day Milestones with thought-provoking questions to improve writing habits

*Weekly Check-Ups to retune your process to set you up for success

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What have you done or seen other writer’s do to get through NaNoWriMo without losing their minds?


About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

3 thoughts on “3 Tips To NaNoWriMo Without Losing Your Mind – Idea Sparking Survival

  1. joaniebruce says:

    I’ve never tried writing a novel in a month, Michelle. It sounds scary. lol Maybe I’ll give it a try when I finish the one I’m working on now. I have your book, so hopefully, it will help me along the way. 🙂 Thanks for the tips!

  2. Michelle Lim says:

    You bet, Joanie! You could totally do it. It is hard the first time, but it is so go for your writing mind…it stretches you, at least it did me.

  3. I’m not doing NaNo again this year–seems I can never hit November with a new book to write. 🙂 But I will be writing 50,000 words. 🙂

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