Hello, everyone! You might have noticed my almost disappearance from the blogosphere.
As you might or might not know, it’s NaNoWriMo time. This stands for National Novel Writing Month — where you attempt the crazy. 50,000 words in thirty days. Or, if you’re like me, where you try to write 50,000 words in, um, five days. This roughly equates to 10,000 words a day, though there were some days where I wrote less, and some days where I wrote more. If you’re curious, here is what my statistics looks like, a day after finishing:
So, today, I thought I would share my top tips for completing NaNoWriMo quickly!
I’m going to begin by saying that finishing NaNoWriMo quickly is not for everyone. And that is just fine. We each have our own ways of writing novels, so whatever works for you, works.
- Start at midnight. This one for me is especially important! Of course, this is not going to be applicable for everyone. Maybe you have school the next day. Or have to get up early. Or you’re just too tired. But getting down some words quickly is a) going to give you some confidence in going forwards, and b) accumulates you a nice word count for you to add to the next day.
- Don’t, whatever you do, look back. If you’re going to look back at your work then most likely you’re going to want to change and edit things. NO. NO. DO NOT DO THIS. EVER. Save your depression over the crap you’ve written for a few months later when you decide to revise it.
- Twitter, peoples, Twitter! There are ALWAYS people there who are willing to encourage and cheer you on. That makes all the difference if you ask me.
- Surround yourself with inspiration. Books, movies (though these might be a distraction), pictures, music! Whatever inspires you to write, surround yourself with it.
- Push yourself . . . but don’t push yourself too much. Take breaks! Congratulate yourself on reaching important milestones! Eat chocolate! (This is a must.)
- Be prepared for a crappy manuscript. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT. Most likely, your novel is not going to be good. It’s going to be awfully flawed with plot holes and whatnot, but that’s okay. Let’s just calm down and remember that this is only a first draft, yes? That’s what editing is for. Now is your time to get the framework of your story down.
- ENJOY IT. If you’re doing NaNoWriMo, you must be either a) slightly insane, b) love writing, or b and c, so enjoy it. Revel in the first draft silliness! Have fun! Join conversations about NaNo! Be crazy, inspired writers together!