NaNoWriMo Day 19: Survival Tip of the Day

Like many of my friends and acquaintances, you might be in the midst of the sheer madness that is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).  The goal: to write a book (yes, sir, that’s right a whole book) in (gasp) 30 days!

We are getting to the end of that rough third week. Here’s what is happening to a lot of people: work demands are increasing; you’re getting tired & making excuses to not write; Thanksgiving planning/preparations are becoming more urgent; and you’re just not writing like you’d planned.

You’re so close to the end. This is the time you need to push through. Determine how you can best schedule time to write.

  • Some people do better when they block off a dedicated writing time. Allow yourself 1-2 hours daily (for minimum 1667 words, plus this allows you some room for a buffer or bonus word count in case you fall short one day)
  • Some people do better if they can write, in sprint format, for several shorter periods every day. Depending on your typing speed you can get 400-600 words in a 15 minute period. In four fifteen minute sprints per day (morning, afternoon, dinner time and before bed, perhaps?) you should be able to meet, and even exceed your 1667 word per day goal.

However you do it, rededicate yourself to meeting the goal. There are only 11 days left. You can do it!

4 Replies to “NaNoWriMo Day 19: Survival Tip of the Day”

  1. Thank you for this! How’s you NaNo going?

    1. disgruntledmom says: Reply

      It’s good so far. I’m on track to finish. Of course that’s with having to make up for the “bad days” by writing most of the weekend. That’s ok though.
      How about your NaNo?

      1. Mine is going okay. I am just a little ahead of schedule. But I’m really nervous that the holiday will derail me.

        1. Me too. I’ll be missing a few days while out of town as well. I’m planning to work hard to get WAY ahead and then use the last two days to finish up. Cramming in writing sessions wherever I can get them!

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