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Why the last 4 days matter – A peptalk by Radhika Meganathan

If you think it’s already over, it’s not! Radhika Meganathan, a NaNoWriMo veteran and the winner of the PILF Award for her NaNo novel tells us why!

Psst…. Can I tell you a secret?

Okay, here it goes – I have won at NaNoWriMo. Not a conventional win, ever.

Yep. Even in 2014, when I completed 50000 words, it was not from the same novel. It was half of The Gurukul Chronicles (which won the PILF award in 2016) and a chap book I eventually sold to a book packager.

Granted, it’s not easy, writing all those words in 30 days. It’s not impossible, but yeah, let’s call a spade a spade, it’s not a walk in the park either. I know many folks who give up in the middle. Heck, I was one of them for many years. You start with the best intentions, you even have a decent number of chapters written and bam! life gets in between you and your word count. Suddenly it is the last week of Nano November and that target goal seems insurmountable.

But you know what is the best part about this fag end of the challenge? No? Well, let me tell you – it’s being STRESS FREE!

No pressure! No fear! No expectations. You know exactly where you are in your novel.

Either you are close to the end or nowhere near the end. You just have two choices now.

Sprint. Or, Accumulate.

I see you scratching your head. Let me explain better.

Sprint when you are just a few thousand words to your target. Come on, you can DO IT!

Accumulate your words, like a grade A hoarder with OCD.

Here is the truth – you tried. You were a part of this community. There is NO judging here. You are closer to the end of your novel now, than 30 days ago. NaNoWriMo has actually helped you in getting some word count that otherwise would have taken you several months (or an eternity). So… why don’t you enjoy it further? Keep writing for the next 4 days, and keep writing well into the next month?

Whether you sprint or accumulate, here’s what you can do for the next four days.

  1. Attend the sprint marathons on Wrimo India FB page and on the Asia::India region page on NaNoWriMo. Seriously, do that. You have a lot of friends in this last bit of the journey, so go guns blazing.
  2. We all know it’s impossible to predict the near future, but what about the next 4 days? If there is nothing life-altering happening at work (or home), consider taking a day – or two or four – off, just you and your manuscript. Come on, do it. Play skivvy, for your art. For your writing. The God of Creativity will approve.
  3. The above suggestions not possible? No problem, how about waking up two hours early just for the next 4 days, to write?
  4. Nothing works? Then you have to make use of whatever time you have. This means… your notepad or laptop wherever you go, whether it is the temple, the clinic, your workspace. I’d add the loo, too, if you really are that busy.
  5. As always take back up of your work every time you do a sprint or a writing session! The simplest way, one that I prefer, is to G-mail my chapters to myself.

I repeat, whether you sprint or accumulate, every word you write now is a word closer to The End, so do not miss these last four days of NaNoWriMo– all the very best!

About Radhika:

Radhika

Radhika Meganathan is a Chennai-based author who is addicted to wanderlust, keto diet and cat videos. Her debut novel THE GURUKUL CHRONICLES, partially finished during Nanowrimo 2014, won the Pune Literature Festival Award 2016 and is available for purchase at https://www.amazon.in/Gurukul-Chronicles-SMARA/dp/B074N6HW1G/. She can be contacted at www.radhikameganathan.in
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