…it’s time for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). In 2016, I committed to writing 2,000 words a day on my manuscript for the month and that burst of productivity resulted in me completing the draft of a novel by year’s end. Whether you end up with a complete draft of a novel in a month, or just well on your way, it is fun to get caught up in the creativity energy whirling around!
Writing a novel is an intimidating endeavor, but not when you break the work up into manageable chunks. Setting daily, weekly, and monthly goals will get you there. Thirty days is the perfect amount of time to start a disciplined practice. That’s what NaNoWriMo is all about – creating a practice.
I will be revising and re-writing daily this November, so my output will be harder to measure, but it’s all in the same spirit. Do it every day…
Here are some ideas for NaNoWrimo:
- Don’t edit yourself – write with abandon, spelling and grammar be damned.
- Be bold
- If you miss a day, let yourself off the hook and start back up when you can,
- but don’t quit!
- Experiment with times of day and places you like to write
- Type some, and write long hand
- Try writing in the still, quiet of the early morning
- Carry a notebook so you can jot down ideas throughout the day
- Keep pressing forward, resist the urge to revise (for now)
- Have fun and be proud of your end result.