For Writers – NaNoWriMo Side Effects


We’re on Day 3 of NaNoWriMo, so you may have already noticed some of the side effects kicking in. Here are a few to be on the lookout for.

  • You’ve started talking in longer sentences, stretching out what could be said in a simple six-word phrase into a long, tedious paragraph.
  • At Day 3, you may already hate your novel. In the words of Nadine Brandes, you have to realize that you are a pendulum. If you can push through and tough it out, there will come a day that you won’t hate your novel as much as you do right now.
  • There is a pile of Halloween candy wrappers around your workspace that you haven’t had time to clean up yet.
  • Twitter has become your procrastination station of choice. Bring on the endless scrolling through writerly wailing, .gifs, motivational quotes, and word count updates from the people who are actually working!
  • As a procrastinator, your most productive hours for writing are probably the two hours before midnight.
  • You’ve been re-reading yesterday’s NaNo work and it’s so depressing you don’t want to write any more. STOP IT!  Read this blog post on Why You Should Let Your First Draft Suck by Hannah Heath for some encouragement instead!
  • After only 3 days, you’re starting to worry that there may not be enough ideas in your brain for the remaining 27. (Don’t worry, there are.)
  • You have major book cover envy for those Buddies who’ve uploaded one for their novel, but you also don’t want anybody to know what you’re working on…


Add to the list! What NaNoWriMo side effects have been plaguing you?
Buddy me on NaNoWriMo if you want to follow my progress or join in on group word sprints!


It’s not too late! Start your writing journey at today.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s