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NaNoWriMo: Journalist Tricks for Writing on Deadline

Dear friends,

By now you have probably fallen behind on your NaNoWriMo writing progress—in my experience, nearly everyone doing NaNo sets initial goals that turn out to be impossible to achieve—and are starting to feel November 30 breathing down your neck. If you’re on target, you’re entering the second half of your book, which is where plots start getting messy, characters start misbehaving, and writers start stressing out. This is not a fun time. And the deadline pressure isn’t making it any more fun.

I spent several years as a medical journalist. Here are some tricks I learned for writing long pieces on tight deadlines without keeling over from stress.

I’d love to hear your ideas for how to either beat the deadline stress or let it power you. Feel free to share them in the comments.


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