November is coming upon us and NaNoWriMo is almost here. Those participating will have to average 1667 words a day to reach the overall goal of 50,000 words in the month.
If you haven’t already and want to . . . Plan for NaNoWriMo. The old saying goes, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” The question is, what is the best strategy for getting this done? Here are a few suggestions:
- SHUT UP AND WRITE!
- DEFY THE EMPTY PAGE
- WORK ON DIFFERENT PROJECTS AT THE SAME TIME
- DARE TO BE BAD (AT FIRST) . . . THEN FIX IT
- USE EVERY MINUTE
- SET GOALS FOR YOURSELF . . . AND STICK TO THEM
- KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WRITING AND EDITING
- CREATE THE BEST WRITING ENVIRONMENT FOR YOURSELF
- THINK OUTSIDE THE KEYBOARD
- GET INSPIRED!
- KNOW WHEN TO STOP
My biggest struggles were with #4 and #7 . . . and honestly “were” . . . well I lied, I still struggle with them (Hey, I write fiction—I guess sometimes it carries over into my life.) Thanks for posting these Kevin, such a wonderful refresher.
What do you find you struggle with on his list?
NaNoWriMo can be a great way to get caught with the writing bug and you just may never recover, but that’s why we’re here all year. 😀 (Shameless plug I know.) And what to do with your work after NaNoWriMo? That’s why we have Rachelle J. Christensen coming in January about Revisions.
If you have any other suggestions for succeeding in NaNoWriMO feel free to share them.