NaNoWriMo Day # 15: The Halfway Point

It’s officially halftime.  You’ve invested so much of yourself and your time to this novel already.  At this moment some of you may be wondering if you can keep up this routine and this drive for the next fifteen days and finish this up strong.

Thanksgiving is next week, you’ve got to go out of town or you’ve got family coming in town.  You’ve got all of this food to cook and the kids are going to be home from school so your time is going to be harder to divide up.  Not to mention Christmas is right around the corner and we all know how much preparing for the Christmas holiday can take out of a person.  It’s tough to even imagine finishing up this task knowing that soon (next week) your focus will be torn.

As unimaginable as it seems that you can actually finish this novel in the midst of a holiday season embarking, it really is possible.  It may take some extra effort and perhaps even more sleepless nights (or nights with a lot less sleep than you normally get) but it is in fact doable.  As tempting as it might be (and believe me, I know it’s very tempting), don’t throw in the towel.  You have hung in there this long and now that you’ve made it to the middle of the month you owe it to yourself (and your future readers) to finish what you started.

Now for those of you that don’t have this problem of losing focus right in the middle of your journey, please share your secret to staying focused (perhaps even bottle it up and sell it) because I sure would like to know.  If this month is like a piece of cake to you and your story is flowing better than even you expected, then congratulations and keep writing.  Halfway past the starting line and halfway to the finish!


Jimmetta Carpenter


The Diary: Succession of Lies (Now Available)

Writing as “Jaycee Durant”


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