It’s Week Four! The end is, theoretically, in sight!
And Baty is nice enough to give an estimate of how many writing hours there are left if you are doing other things like working and sleeping. Sixteen hours. 16 hours. To finish the novel. Baty is about confident you can do it. So confident, he advises going and getting champagne or its appropriate substitute already.
Which is in part because Week Four is make or break time. And it can be really tempting to just call it early and let yourself move forward at your own pace. I bet you can guess how Baty feels about that by now.
There are tips for coping with holidays should it be a problem for your month of choice, reassurances that the plot will start moving again, and some hints about where to find ideas if your mind has turned to mush.
There are, naturally, tips on how to either carry on the momentum or stretch out the manuscript to hit the magical 50,000 words, and some exercises to give a boost and mental break. After all, that final mad dash to the finish line and victory is practically a NaNoWriMo staple.
And, thankfully, there are words of wisdom from people who have been there and have various levels of completion once Week Four hits.
And just to get you enthused, Baty has even included some glimpses of what your life may look like on the other side of writing The End!
Week Four is a glorious, messy slog to the finish line. But as Baty pointed out, if you do things for twenty hours a day, there are still four you might be able to leverage to your writerly advantage. And a lot of words can be written in that time.