So, it turns out that school and NaNo don’t really mix this year, so I haven’t gotten time to get all my ducks in a row, but I will be participating this year. So let’s do a crash course NaNo prep!
Make a plan!
To reach 50,000 words, you must write 1,667 words everyday for all 30 days. If you’re a student like me that sounds impossible. I can type pretty fast, but all of the projects and meetings can sometimes get in the way. That’s why you need a backup plan. If you know there are some days that you just can’t get it done. Make Saturday or Sunday (or both) your catch up day to get to where you’re supposed to be.
Don’t get frustrated!
I know it gets frustrating sometimes when you get blocked and can’t bust out that chapter, but don’t fret. Take a break, have a meal, read a chapter. Just do something that takes the stress away.
Break up your word goal for the day
Since I’m always on the go, I’ve found it helpful to break up my daily writing goal. I write for 20 minutes four times a day. Each time I write about 400 words. That means by the end of the day, I end up with 1,600 words. I’ll find a way to add on an extra 67 each day or just wait until Saturday or Sunday and finish off the words then.
If I’ve learned one thing from NaNo, it’s that it’s easier when you love what you’re writing. It’s okay if you don’t know what your writing, just keep writing.
If you have any questions or you need a writing buddy, leave your comments with your NaNo Username tags and/or questions below