The Trade Tuesday: Making NaNoWriMo Work


It can be very difficult to make NaNoWriMo work. We're all very busy, and getting 1,600 words written each day can be a daunting challenge. It's pretty crazy for me. My to do list for each day is usually two pages long, but I've found some ways to get in my wordcount that I think may be helpful.

Perhaps the biggest help to me is having a set time to write. If I don't set a time to do something, it's probably not going to get done. Pick a time that you'll be able to write each day or at least most days.

I'd also suggest writing with a timer with the goal of seeing how many words you can write in a half hour or an hour. Doing that has gotten my word count up to 2,000 words per hour at some points. The bigger benefit of using a timer though is the fact that it keeps you from checking your phone or getting up to get a snack or drink.

Speaking of drinks, drink water while you're writing! If you're writing early in the morning or late at night, try ice water. Not only will it keep you awake, but it will also help your brain to work better.

Another thing that I think is helpful is to write somewhere without wifi. I used to write in a park most of the time. Leave your phone at home and write in a park if it's nice outside. Going somewhere to write also commits you to at least being there for a while, especially if you walk. If you don't have anything else to do since you don't have wifi, you might as well get writing!

There are a lot of things that you can do to make NaNoWriMo work for you, and I'm sure many people already do some of the things that help me, and I'm sure that what works for me won't work for some people, but hopefully at least one of these tips will be helpful to you as you work on your next novel this November!

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