Now that NaNoWriMo ist right around the corner, I thought I would give some helpful tips on how to make it to the finish line of NaNoWriMo!
1. Set a time
While writing is most fun when spontanious, during NaNoWriMo you should try to at least have 1-2 hours a day set for writing. It will help you get into the hang of writing every day and you can get a routine going.
Also, it doesn’t have to be a set time of day. If you have a busy schedule just try out different times of the day and use it as an opportunity to find out when ou are the most creative!
2. Get comfortable
No matter if you write at a desk or o your couch, use the time to make your writing space more comfortale. You can use anything from cleaning up those loose post-it’s or just hanging a “hang in there” poster up on the wall. Add some loose clothing to the mix and a great place to sit and you’ll be ready to hammer the keyboard or make your pen dance across the pages!
3. Prep your equipment
If you intend to write your work on a laptop or on paper, you need to have everything set up for taking on this challenge.
A lot of people have their keyboards set up wrong or their chairs. You should try to get a keyboard or chair that fits to you, otherwise you can risk hurting your wrists.
The same thing also counts for pens ad paper. If you tend to write with a pen or pencil you should pay attention to the grip and the smootheness of writing. When it comes to your writing paper/book you should watch that it isn’t too high for your wrist.
You want to make everything health risk free. For more tips on a good workspace: click here.
Since you may be strapped for time, try to always take your story with you. It’s suprising just how much you can get done on a bus or during a coffee break.
The easiest way to do this is by using services like dropbox or one drive. If you don’t always have internet access, you can also use a USB-Stick. Nowadays they come in really small sizes, or as accessories. Why not choose a cool keychain or a necklace with a theme fitting to your book?
I’m intending to make my own, by using clay and some rhinestones, so I want to write whenever I see it!
5. Never ever delete!!!!
This may sound stupid, but it can mean the difference between winning and loosing! While writing NaNoWriMo you can’t spend hours on one sentence. It’s about getting a rough draft on paper and not making a ready done book in one go. You can spend weeks contemplating if the word “and” was used too often after NaNo. For now, just give your muse a voice and not the annoying perfectionist inside of you, who is looking to sabotage you!
If ypu don’t like a scene you have written, use the cross out function instead of delete or back-space. In the end the words you wrote will still count and you can reach your goal.
6. Food for the soul
While writing you shouldn’t forget about eating healthy and stashing some well deserved snacks somewhere. You deserve a treat after managing to write, after all!
I always have some candy and hot choclate for the first few days and keep a good amount of caffein and tee on hand for the last week. It helps keep me going and they haven’t let me down yet!
7. Skip it
As writers, all of us have had a point in a story, where we just didn’t know how to continue. Sometimes it was the storyline, sometimes it just didn’t feel right.
Now hereis the secret tio handling it during NaNoWriMo: skip it.
Skip the part you are having trouble with and just go to the next chapter or scene. Usually you will suddenly have an answer or, even if you don’t find one, you will have at least used the time wisely and gotten some more words down.
Socialize?! But I have a book to write?!
It doesn’t matter. You live off of imagination and forcing it will only make it impossible to write. So you can mentally stay in the game and still have fun it also makes it better for your friends and family to support you, if you actually spend time with them.
9. Get greedy
If all else fails,you can always look at the rewards page. Print out the prizes you want or even set them as your screensaver. Make yourself realy want it, then sitdown and win it!
10. Kidnap and use your friends
It’s always more fun to write with friends, you can either get them into writing aswell (practically kidnapping them for 30 days from their families and friends), or you can use them as a means to pressure yourself.
Those of you who read my previous artice know that you can actually blackmail yourself into writing. Just make a deal with a friend or family mamber that you will do something for them, if you don’t win. After all, no one wants to clean the attic or the garage…
I hope these help all first timers and everyone who is returning to the battle field. During next week I’ll be writing an article how to self publish, so check back soon or follow my blog to get the newest infos!