Sunday, November 9, 2014

A NaNoWriMo Pep Talk from Yours Truly

Hey, everyone! As I mentioned in an earlier post (as in, like, three months earlier) I signed up for National Novel Writing Month for the first time this year. A brief recap of NaNoWriMo for anyone who might not remember: you try to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days, updating your word count as often as possible on your profile (go to nanowrimo.org to sign up--there's still time!).

It's a-week-and-a-day into NaNoWriMo, and I'm 16,500 words in (a little over 30 pages, on my computer). I'm really trying my best to commit and actually win, so nowadays my schedule mostly consists of homework, eating, play practice, and writing. I usually write anywhere from 1,600 to 2,000 words a day.

Anyway, the main reason I created this post was to encourage any other WriMos out there to keep at it! 50k is certainly a daunting task, but you can do it! Carve out a little time every day to write, and use it. Don't think about the quality of what you're writing. Absolutely DO NOT go back and edit (I know this is hard for some people, but that comes at the end!). Write whatever comes into your head. Your main goal here is not to write a stunning book, but to write 50,000 words. As odd as that may sound, the point of NaNoWriMo is to just get it all out. Then, when the calendar changes to December 1st, you can go back and edit the heck out of your novel.

Here are some tricks that I find help me to write, in case you need a little push.

1. Get everything else done that you need to do. There's no way you can write freely when you've got a whole load of homework sitting on your desk beside you. Knowing you have more commitments is going to weigh you down. Get work out of the way first, so you know you have all the rest of the day to just write.

2. Wear comfortable clothing. If you're constantly pulling at your too-tight collar or scratching at an itchy sweater, you won't be able to focus fully on the task at hand. Wearing a comfortable and cozy outfit will help you keep your eyes on the prize.

3. Bribe yourself. Every time you write 500 words, or 1000, or however many you see fit, reward yourself with a piece of candy or something else you've been waiting longingly for. Tell yourself that when you finally get 50,000 words--and you will!--you'll go out and buy a hot chocolate or a taco--whichever is more appetizing.

4. Don't think. NaNoWriMo is about getting the words down on the page, regardless of how crazy or strange your ideas may be. Maybe you've already plotted the whole thing out--great, you don't need this advice. But if you're like me and you only have a vague idea of what's going to happen, let your imagination run wild. Do whatever it takes to keep your novel moving, even if that means killing someone off or even adding a whole new character to the story.

Now go fourth and WRITE!

2 comments:

  1. Nice tips. I keep having to do other things and get distracted. Oh why is life so hard?

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    1. Keep at it! Even if you don't finish, you'll have a large chunk of a novel to work with.

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