It's time for National Novel Writing Month Again!
Whether you are a professional author or an eager beginner, NaNoWriMo is a great opportunity to challenge yourself and interact with other writers and aspiring writers. However, it can also be stressful and confusing, especially before you learn the tricks.
So I asked our authors to give their best advice for NaNoWriMo Survival!
Soak in the wisdom!
Oh gosh, outline that sucker. You're going to get stuck at the 10k word mark, otherwise known as the end of Act 1. You'd better have a game plan or that'll be the end right there.
Plan ahead. Know your plot, the basics of your character arcs, and have some basic research already done. Figure out how many days you'll be able to write during, and divide your goal wordcount by that many days. That is your daily wordcount goal. Hit it but don't exceed it, or you'll risk burnout.
Nothing dampens the Nano spirit like running out of toilet paper, so stock up in October.
If you have a crock pot, use it! It will save you lots of time which can then be used to write your awesomeness.
Jessica L. Elliott
If you live somewhere they celebrate Halloween, hit the stores on the 1st or the 2nd for candy. It's often on sale for half off (or even more), and candy makes good bribes for getting your word count done.
When I get burnout or writer's block during Nano, one of the most effective ways I've found to get past that is to get outside and go for a walk. Clears my head, and working through the problem while moving has always been super helpful for me.
It IS okay to skip a day. You can make it up, I promise. If you're feeling burnt out, give yourself a day off. But only one day, then you need to get back to it.
I am a professional author. This is my JOB. It is not selfish to carve out and protect my writing time, any more than it is selfish for others to request that family not interrupt while they broker stocks or paint houses or whatever. Claim and defend your own time. Use water guns if necessary.
Laura VanArendonk Baugh
As much as you love it, resist the siren song of too much caffeine, unless you want to risk drinking yourself into chronic heartburn issues. Moderation in everything (except word count)
H. L. Burke
Support and Community:
Have support buddy! Don't do this alone.
The biggest advantage of NaNo is the communal adrenaline. Link up with friends online or IRL to share it.
Laura VanArendonk Baugh
Staying On Track:
Write at least 2,000 words a day from Day One. I know the daily goal is 1,667 words, but something comes up. Something always comes up. So get that padding in there early on!
It's okay to go back and revise what you wrote yesterday...AFTER you get today's words written. If you can't resist the siren's lure, start a new document for each day's writing so you can't scroll up "accidentally".
Plan 6-8 mini sub-scenes immediately before starting each day's scene (or after finishing the previous day); this way each point only has to cover 200-300 words, which is a tiny, easy goal - then on to the next!
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