This month is November and for the writers of the world that means National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The goal of NaNo is to reach 50,000 words by the end of the month. Some people decide to use NaNo as a motivational tool but create their own goals which is totally okay.
50,000 is a lot. It’s even more when you’re trying to reach that number in a month. It takes a lot of dedication and available time to be able to reach that goal. So how do you reach the 50,000 mark?
Well… it depends on the person. But here are some tips that have worked for me.
- Write more than the 1,667 word daily goal if it’s possible. This year I was writing about 4,000 words daily on average. Which, for some people, is not something that they have time to do. But… if you can, it’s a good option to write as much as you possibly can per day.
- Write as much as at all possible on the first day. Chances are that if you write a lot on the first day, you will be more determined to do the same for the rest of the month.
- Compete with your friends who are doing NaNo. This is a fun way to get you moving. No one likes to lose–especially if you’re the competitive sort–and it will definitely give you an extra push to reach your goal.
- Create a good writing playlist. Having the right writing music can completely change my attitude towards my writing. Maybe it’s just me but I definitely think that it’s worth a try. I’ve written a few blog posts about music and writing which I will link here and here.