NaNoWriMo 2019 is starting TOMORROW can you believe it??I am so excited. NaNoWriMo is one of my favorite times of year. This will be my 8th year doing Nano and hopefully my 7th win, below you will find my top 7 Tips for Conquering NaNoWriMo, and making it your best process. If you are late to my site or NaNoWriMo and need to do some last minute prepping, head over to my nanowrimo prep tab!
1.Join the community
Being a part of NaNo can be very hard. You are slogging away hours at a time on a project within one month. It can feel pretty isolating. So I highly suggest you become a part of the writing community. There are several ways and places you can do this
2. Other Forms of Motivation
Throughout the month you are going to have a lot going on. And sometimes the idea of just focusing on Nano is going to SUCK. We all hit that point where we freaking HATE our stories and wonder why should we even go on and whats the point and… you get the idea. This is a great time to take a step back and put your focus and motivation toward something no where near writing. For example, this year I started running road races again, I am currently 3 weeks into a 14 week training program for a race in January. Going on those long runs will be a time for me to take a step back for me, and focus on another thing I love to do.
Writing sprints are when you set a timer for a period of time between 5 mins- 1 hour and you “sprint” and try to write as many words as possible during this time. These can be self run using apps like Pomodora or Forest, or hosted by people on twitter, nanowrimo, youtube , facebook or instagram. I will be hosting events this year on my youtube! So make sure you are subscribed to be notified when I go live!
4. Don't Self Edit during November
This can be quite difficult, especially if you are like me and have recently come off an extended time of editing or revising. But editing is just going to slow down your process. At the bare minimum at the end of a writing day I will run spell check. But I try not to do more than this unless I am quite ahead on my project. If I am ahead, I may run a chapter or two through Grammarly. But editing is for later. It is national novel WRITING month for a reason. The editing part comes later, the NaNoWriMo website actually has a program called “you wrote a novel now what?” that happens in January.
5. Family and Friends Support
One big thing I always do is to let my friends and family who interact with me on a daily basis know that I will be doing NaNoWriMo. Explaining it prior to to getting started helps to allivate any question when you get started about why you are being a crazy hermit.
6. Build a Routine
Make writing a part of your daily routine (if you don't have one definitely practice one this month.) If you know every day around 2 o'clock you have around an hour of free time, that is a great time to get in a bit of writing, you will find once you make a set routine you will have a lot of free time open up. For example, I get up just about every morning and while I make my breakfast I watch a Phil Defranco news recap and unload, and reload the dishwasher. Just the little things, so I don't have to worry about it at the end of my day.
10. Have Fun
Just freaking have fun with it, enjoy the process of story telling. Many people (Myself included) get way to intense during NaNo, it's a personal competition to do better than the year before, to be faster to whatever. But it doesn't have to be like that, like at all. Take you time, enjoy the process and see what you learn about yourself. You would be surprised what your brain has in store
Thanks and Good luck on your nano journey!!
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