For those of you who know what NaNoWriMo is, go ahead and scroll down past this explanation.
Every November, thousands of people abandon all sanity and attempt (most with success!) to write 50,000 words in a month. For you non-math oriented people, that’s 1,667 words a day. For more information, click here.
Alright, so of these people, about half are pantsers. Pantsers go into NaNo with only a vague idea what their novel is going to be about. The other half are planners. As the name implies, they plan their novel out to varying degrees before November 1st.
Now that we have all of the background information, without further ado, here are 7 tips.
- Clean out your desk. And your bedroom. Basically, clean anywhere you know will need to be cleaned at some point during November, because you will end up procrastinating. It’s part of the writer’s mantra of “Eat, procrastinate, write, repeat.”
- Figure out your schedule. If you’re a student, find out what homework assignments are due, make a list of when they’re due, and then make a daily list of assignments so you don’t forget anything. If you work full-time, you may not be able to work ahead, but you can certainly take a day off of work. I’d recommend November 1st, as you’re so full of energy and raring to go words will flow out of you.
- Prepare your friends and family. They need to know how much this means to you so that they won’t unintentionally get in your way as you’re steaming towards your 50k word goal. The easiest way to avoid people-related distractions is to get their support from the beginning.
- Plan to be behind. Of course, it’s November. November means Thanksgiving, family reunions, and if you’re a Gilmore Girls or Anne of Green Gables fan, binge-watching the 4 new Gilmore Girls episodes on repeat and watching the new Anne of Green Gables miniseries. Although these things are awesome, they will take away from your writing time! Make sure you plan days where you’ll write extra to make up for the deficit during the holiday week.
- Plan to exercise. No, that’s not a typo. You’re going to be sitting down. A lot. 1,667 words can take anywhere from 1-2 hours to write, depending on who you are. That’s anywhere from 30-60 hours you’ll be sitting down per month, not including time at school or work. So even if you’re walking, or biking, or rollerblading, get some exercise in. Your body will thank you for it.
- Set up treats for yourself on intervals. If you have a sweet tooth, maybe bake something delicious every 10k. If you have a new book you want to read, hold off until you reach a landmark. It’s the easiest way to keep yourself motivated.
- Don’t forget to sleep. Yes, for you night owls, it’s very tempting to stay up late, throwing all caution to the wind. You’ll need the sleep to complete your daily tasks, though, not to mention the 1,667 words you’ll have to write the next day. Trust me on this one. (The only exception is staying up on the 30th; if you have a day off from work, feel free to stay up till midnight so you can start on your novel!)
That’s all for today, guys. I hope you’ve enjoyed, and share the article with your friends if you feel it’s helped you!
Discussion: How do you prepare for NaNoWriMo? Do you have any tips you’d add to the list?