NaNoWriMo is a challenge to write a 50,000-word novel within the month of November. If you’re considering joining or have before and want some tips, this is the post for you!
Breakdown the Word Count
I found it much easier to break down the 50,000 words into a daily word count. How I did it was put on a calendar what my total word count should hit every day. So on day 14, I knew I should be at 23,338 words. It made it less harrowing when I could tell myself that I would be on track if I hit a daily count versus solely focusing on that 50,000. You can save my calendar if you want to use my method.
Listen To Your Mind
If you are on a roll and have the time to get all of that writing done, then take advantage of it. And if your brain can barely form words, take a break. And if you are somewhere in between, just aim for that day’s word count, and don’t beat yourself up if you’re a little under. I found that embracing where my brain was on a particular day helped me avoid burnout.
Aim For Done, Not Perfect
The goal of NaNoWriMo is to complete a 50,000-word novel, not to make the most perfect and immediately sellable book to exist. There can be plot holes and a litany of typos and room for improvement. Just get it done, and then start that editing if you wish.
Use NaNoWriMo’s Website
NaNoWriMo offers a lot of useful resources through their site, plus you can track your progress, earn badges when accomplishing milestones, and join groups for some peer support. Personally, the achievement badges helped motivate me, kicking that gamer side of me into gear, but they share a lot there to help you before and through the month.
Have you attempted to write a novel? Share your own tips with a comment below!
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