During NaNoWriMo, we have 30 days to write 50,000 words. That’s 1,667 words a day if you want to put yourself on a daily schedule. Going back to edit is NOT recommended. So what should you do?
Allow yourself to write badly.
Remember, during NaNoWriMo, you’re trying to get to the word count of 50,000. Not a perfect manuscript. There’s plenty of time after NaNoWriMo to edit and revise, making your manuscript perfect. But during November, focus on getting to that 50,000 and resist the urge to go back and tear your manuscript apart.
For most people participating in NaNoWriMo, what is being written is a completely new piece. First drafts aren’t meant to be perfect. They’re going to be flawed. And that’s okay. Who says that you can’t go back and fix it later?
Maybe after November, you go back and read what you wrote and decide that it was absolute garbage. Don’t throw the manuscript away. Do not delete it. Believe me, somewhere in there is an idea, a sentence, or something that has merit and is worth keeping. Maybe it will inspire you to do something completely new.
Nothing you write during NaNoWriMo is a waste. So let yourself write badly. Harp on yourself and tear apart your work after November is done. Your goal is to reach 50,000, not to write a perfect manuscript that you are going to send to a publisher. Writing badly is nothing to be ashamed of. Believe me, you’ll be happy that you reached the 50,000. So on December 1st, celebrate. And then, on December 2nd, go back and do all of the editing you wanted to do during November.