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10 Nanowrimo Survival Strategies

The goal of nanowrimo is to write and entire novel(50,000 words) in one month. Obviously, that’s not an easy task. Here are 10 strategies to make it through nanowrimo.

In case you’re not familiar, nanowrimo means National Novel Writing Month. It takes place in November and the goal is to write 50,000 words. Here are 10 strategies that help you get through your goal. 

1. Set daily goals. If you divide 50,000 by 30(the number of days in November), you get 1667. That means you have to write 1667 words every day to complete your goal. If there are going to be days where you wont be able to write as much, you can distribute that day’s goal to other days in the month.

2. Set mini goals(goals within your daily goals). If you have 1,000 words left to write, you can set mini goals. Tell yourself that your next goal is to write 100 words. When you get that goal, set a new one.

3. Bribe yourself. Promise yourself something desirable if you finish your mini goal, daily goal, or monthly goal.

4. Remember-quantity, not quality. If you take tons of time to edit yourself as you go, you’ll never reach your goal. Just type/write as many words as you possibly can as fast as you possibly can.

5. Give yourself breaks. Don’t expect, or try, to sit down and write for 3 hours straight. It might happen, but you still need to give yourself breaks. Every hour or so, get up, stretch, eat a snack, go to the bathroom, etc. When you sit back down, you’ll be able to type faster and think more clearly.

6. For once, don’t let inspiration come to you. When you’re writing without a deadline, waiting for inspiration is a good idea. When you’re writing with a deadline, especially for nanowrimo, you have to hunt inspiration down. Don’t stress yourself out about it, though. That wont help at all. Instead, just write something.

7. Don’t kill yourself. This one has a double meaning. Don’t stress yourself out too much, you wont get anything done. Also, remember to eat, drink, go to the bathroom, etc.

8. Find how you work best. You might work best in a perfectly silent room, or in a loud, bustling one. Either way, try to work where you work best.

9. If you can, turn off the internet. Unless you know you’re going to need a lot of research as you go, make it so that you don’t have internet access. Then you wont be distracted by Facebook, Twitter, etc.

10. Most importantly-Have Fun!!! If you don’t like what you’re doing, you’re really stressed out or your torturing yourself to finish your novel, you wont be able to write a word. Instead, look at nanowrimo as a crazy thing you’re doing for fun.

I hope these tips help you get through nanowrimo, and any other writing you do.

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