Check your gorgeous prose, in-depth characters, and self-esteem at the door. NaNoWriMo is almost here and you’re going to toss all of that out the door in the name of writing 50,000 words or more in a month’s time!
For today’s rapid fire post, I’m giving you three tips to make NaNoWriMo a breeze.
Tip #1: Check your expectations of yourself at the door
Your NaNoWriMo novel will probably not be the best thing you’ve ever written. It won’t be the next great American novel (yet!), and it probably will have awkward duplicate paragraphs, thin characters, undeveloped plot points, and a lack of good vocabulary.
If you aim for your NaNo novel to be the best thing you’ve ever written, you won’t finish within the month (unless you quit your job and write full time) or you’ll get to the end of the month frustrated with your less-than-stellar novel.
The most important thing to remember during NaNoWriMo: it’s ok to write terribly. If anything, it’ll make NaNoWriMo easier, less stressful, and more fun.
Tip #2: Just get through your daily goal
Again, don’t focus on writing the most amazing prose the world has ever seen. Focus on getting through your daily word count. You’ll be able to edit the story to your heart’s content after the month is over, so don’t worry too much about making it sound pretty, or keeping track of your numerous plot holes.
Especially if you’re aiming to finish before the month is over, it is totally ok to just get through your daily count. No one will judge you if your 1700 words of the day are terrible. You can always edit them later.
Once the month is over and you’ve won NaNoWriMo, you can just bask in the glory of finishing a novel and get editing with a glass of your favorite celebratory beverage in your hand.
Tip #3: Give yourself a break
Actually, this could be the one tip to get you through NaNoWriMo because it will save you so much stress, so much worry, and make the whole process so so fun.
Yes, you might miss a day. Yes, you might not have it in you to write all 1666 words.
And that’s ok.
Because one day, you might write double your daily word goal. You might get an incredible idea and whip out 7500 words. You might sit down to participate in a write-in or a word sprint and finish your novel.
NaNo will have it’s low points. And that’s ok. NaNo also has some of the best highest points a writer can experience. Live for those. Don’t forget about them.
You’ll finish the month, and finish your book, and win NaNoWriMo.