When To Write | NaNoWriMo Prep Month

NaNoWriMo Prep Month | NaNoWriMo Prep, NaNoWriMo Tips, Successful NaNoWriMo

EVERY DAY!

But seriously, the way to win NaNoWriMo is to hit your word count every single day. Set a time and put it in your phone, planner, whatever you use to keep yourself organized.

WHAT’S YOUR NANOWRIMO GOAL?

If you want to write 50,000 words in 30 days, then you need to write 1,667 words a day. How long does it take you to write 1500 words? That probably depends on your level of inspiration during that session. I know I can’t write 1,667 words in one shot.

BREAK IT UP

I am aiming for 2,000 words a day. It’s a nice, round number and much easier to divide up. 1,000 words twice a day, 500 four times a day.

WHENEVER YOU GET THE CHANCE

Have some time between classes? Use it to get a few hundred words down. Have to sit in the car line for an hour at your kid’s school (like me…)? Perfect time to do some writing. What else can you do besides scroll mindlessly on social media? Can’t sleep at 2 am? Write. That’s usually when the best ideas strike me. Honestly, I’ve been having such vivid dreams, I may start writing about them at 2 am.

If you are going to be writing somewhere you won’t have access to your laptop or computer, make sure your device (phone, iPad, whatever) has the same program you are using on your computer. I use Google Drive and Google Docs since I’ve had so much trouble with Word losing my stuff.

NaNoWriMo Prep Month | Part One

NaNoWriMo Prep Month | Part Two | Your Writing Space

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Your Writing Space | NaNoWriMo Prep Month

NaNoWriMo Prep Month | NaNoWriMo Prep, NaNoWriMo Tips, Successful NaNoWriMo

Some have desks in roomy offices, well-lit and gorgeously decorated. Some curl up on the couch with a tattered blanket and a chipped mug of coffee. Still, others prefer not being in their own home. For me, I sit on my bed with a notebook and pen, and my phone. Supernatural or some other show of the week is playing in the background (currently finishing up Season 11, then 12, in preparations for Season 13).

On the days when my kids are at school or elsewhere, I sometimes like to go to the local Starbucks or Caribou (I like the coffee better at Starbucks, but the atmosphere at Caribou). Being an introvert, I don’t like leaving my house much, but I need a change of scenery every now and then.

WHERE DO YOU DO YOUR BEST WORK?

If you can hit your NaNoWriMo word count each day while sitting at your kitchen counter, awesome! Figure out where you are most productive and go there. There are countless places to write: public library, college library, the park, your backyard, coffee shop, your living room floor. Wherever is comfortable for you.

WHAT DO YOU NEED FOR NANOWRIMO SUCCESS?

Gather everything you need, wherever you decide to write. Heading to the coffee shop? Remember your charger for whichever device you use, a bottle of water for when the coffee runs out (does that ever happen, though?), something to write on, any notes you have for your novel. Be prepared! Do you have a favorite candle or essential oil blend? I like the new Seattle Coffee House candle from Bath & Body Works. My favorite essential oil blend? I like Purification and Lemon. Peppy and bright!)

LIMIT DISTRACTIONS

Turn off your wifi, turn on some music or whatever helps you tune out the noise around you and get to work! If your kids are home, try to write when they are napping or at bedtime. Mine are in school most days, so that’s when I write and do my homework. When my kids are home, mom’s off electronics. Got a pet?

Read the first post in the series here

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NaNoWriMo Prep Month | NaNoWriMo Prep, NaNoWriMo Tips, Successful NaNoWriMo

Summer flew by and winter is coming! NaNoWriMo is also upon us – it will be here before you know it. Normally, I am a total pantser, meaning on November 1, I open Google Docs and start typing. I usually have no idea what my story will be about, who my characters are or the theme. I do know the genre – YA Paranormal or Supernatural FanFic. **Update: I just found a YouTube video from the amazing Rachael Stephen explaining why we shouldn’t label ourselves pansters or plotters. Go check it out!** That’s all I do. Until now. I’ve decided to start planning my story now. Why? Because I have so much going on in my life that I just don’t have time to wing it and I know I won’t hit any sort of goal without a plan.

WHAT IS NANOWRIMO?

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is a month-long writing challenge. The goal is to write a novel that’s 50,000 words in length. You can write other things (short stories, poetry, songs, etc) but you are considered a NaNoWriMo Rebel (but that’s cool!) I’ve participated for quite a few years. Last year, I only hit 19,000 words because I had the worst case of strep ever, and got psoriasis from it.

SIGN UP FOR NANOWRIMO

Over the next 30 days, I will be sharing my tips and tricks for successfully completing NaNoWriMo. True, I have never completed NaNoWriMo, but I have learned things along the way that will be helpful to both me and you (I hope!)

If you haven’t already signed up on the NaNoWriMo site, do it – it’s free and easy! We can also be writing buddies – encouraging each other to reach our goal!

MY NANOWRIMO GOAL

I am choosing to go big – 50,000 words in 30 days. It CAN be done. It HAS been done (just not by me). I’ll be breaking up my daily word count (2,000 words) into more manageable pieces, which I’ll cover in another post later on. I am also leading the Come Write In local events at the Public Library this November. So far, it’s just me. And that’s ok. It was a spur-of-the-moment decision, and I don’t really know any other local writers.

Good luck! Get writing!

Part Two can be found here.

Part Three can be found here.

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