Nanowrimo Prep: Final tips!

I can’t believe November is right around the corner. Where did October go?!

Before we jump into this one, I just wanted to wish everyone a happy Halloween and be safe out there in whatever you’re doing! Be that trick or treating, clubbing, binging on candy or heading to a house party, BE SAFE and don’t eat too much!

With that said, I wanted to talk over a few final tips before November starts and we’re all thrust into Nano madness!

  1. Schedule: Set yourself a schedule or time of day when you WILL write.
  2. Word Goals: We all know the goal is to write about 1600 words a day, but that will definitely flux are you take days off from writing. Adjust your word goals weekly to keep on track!
  3. Only stop when you know what comes next: If you do this, you’ll always know what you’re going to write the next day or next time you sit down to do so.
  4. Have someone to hold you accountable: Whether it me your mom, sibling, friend, etc, have someone to hold you accountable and ask you how much you’ve written that day. Personally I have a friend or two that participates as well. They’re THE best motivation because if they tell you how much they’ve written so far, and it’s over yours, it instantly becomes a competition to see who can write more, faster. They can also yell at you to get your shit together. That can be pretty helpful.
  5. Outline: If you have not done so yet. DO IT HOLY MOTHER OF GOD! If you need help with outlining, check out my outlining for NaNo post OR this awesome and hilarious blog post by Chris Wendig on outlining for Nano (Seriously read it, it’s amazing).
  6. Ready the snacks! More on that here.
  7. Characters: Have your characters fleshed out and ready to go, that way you can always make sure your story is heading in the right direction.
  8. Do not edit: I know it may be tempting to constantly read and revise what you’ve already written, but Nanowrimo is NOT about that, that’s for December. Save it for National Novel Revision Month. 😉
  9. Don’t sweat it: Don’t be too hard on yourself with your word count every day. If you’re having a bad day and can’t write through it, then don’t. Make it up when you’re feeling better. The same goes for your novel. If you’re not feeling it, don’t worry about it. Just keep writing. That’s what editing is for!

I think that’s it for me guys! I hope you’ve enjoyed this series, and I will be sure to let you know how things go throughout the next month! Good luck with Nanowrimo everyone, and feel free to hit me up on Twitter, Facebook, or in the comment section to let me know how you’re doing!

Stay classy internet!

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