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The Procrastinator’s Guide to Hitting Your NaNoWriMo Word Count on the Last Day

By Gila Pfeffer and Mandi Em

Well, here we are, November 30 and you’re kicking yourself for breaking your annual commitment to fully participate in NaNoWriMo. Again. As you stare at the number 3,441 at the bottom left of your Word doc, you’re marinating in a mixture of self loathing, excuses (mainly that it’s 2020) and promises that next year will be your year. No doubt.

But wait! Don’t give up so fast, mon ami!

The goal is to write 1,000 words per day for a total of 30,000. It doesn’t specify what kind of words.

It’s not too late to collect all of the wonderful words you’ve written since the first of the month, copy them into a Word Doc and marvel at your new, five-figure count! Hell, you probably have a healthy six figure number at this point!

Here are just a few suggestions for where to find your precious darlings:

  • Your “Are We Having Christmas This Year or Not?” family group chat

Long story short, do whatever it takes to hit that word count and make the short story long again. You may not end up with a novel by midnight tonight, but damn it you accomplished *something* and that’s good enough. Pass the sherry.

Written in collaboration with Mandi Em

American in London. I write about the thrill of raising teens (I have 4), surviving breast cancer and observational humor.