NaNoWriMo Day # 14: Keeping Up the Momentum

Sometimes it feels like if you take even one step away from the computer and your story that you will lose momentum.  You get in a good flow with your story and you don’t want to leave it for fear that you won’t keep up that same steady flow the next time you sit down at your computer.  Here are a few tips to keep the momentum for your story up even when you are not sitting in front of your computer.

1)      Have a dialogue with your characters when you are away from the computer.  Take mental note of the conversation that you left off with or envision the next scene and the conversation that could take place in that scene and keep that dialogue going in your mind until you sit down at the computer tomorrow (or your next scheduled writing time).

2)      Envision the cover of your book and the book release party that you will have when it is all done and published.  Think about how you will market it and who you will target your advertisements of the book towards.  No, this is not helping the actual story move forward but it is keeping the motivation you have going for putting your but in that chair the next time you are scheduled to write so you can see that vision of your book finished and in stores.  Sometimes having that mental picture of what it looks like when your goals have been met motivates you to get moving on meeting those goals.

3)      You can always make voice recordings of the ideas or notes you want to make within your story.  For some this works better to help remember where you want to go in your story or if you get a new idea that takes your story in a different direction you can quickly record that idea.  Some prefer this to writing down the idea in a notebook.  It also can work very well for those of us who constantly think of storyline ideas when we’re driving around in the car (or does that just happen to me).

I hope some of these ideas help you keep the momentum going in your story even when you’re not sitting down at your computer.  Tomorrow is the halfway point.  Hope your story is unfolding brilliantly!


Jimmetta Carpenter


The Diary: Succession of Lies (Now Available)

Writing as “Jaycee Durant”


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