NaNoWriMo is in four days!!! Good luck to all who are participating! In my last post I forgot to link NaNoWriMo and explain what it’s about to all you who are newbies, so click here to check out the website. The gist of NaNo is to write 50k words in one month. Crazy right?! It’s so much fun though! Anyway, here is part 2 of 11 Things I Learned From My First NaNoWriMo:
Moving is Important
I'm sure you know this, but sitting in one spot for hours is not the healthiest. Stand up, stretch, do a quick excercise, or etc...In addition, I found that getting my blood flowing helped me get inspiration and ideas for my writing, so I would take quick breaks and move every hour.
Also, moving locations for writing can help get ideas flowing. It can get boring sitting in the same place for a whole month of writing. Even if you have to drag yourself out of your cave, I’d recommend trying out different writing spots!
Competition Doesn't Hurt
NaNo is a competition against yourself, but you can race other people in word sprints and see who gets the most words written! 5, 10, and 15 minute word sprints helped me all the time during NaNo. I lost every time since I tended to overthink, but it helped get words down for my goal! If you don't have anyone to race against, you can do it against yourself. Try to beat your word count every time you race!
Write Even If You Don't Know
Writer's block. We all know it. Whether you believe it exists or not sometimes you just don't know what to write. Even with a masterfully crafted outline, you can get stuck. So what do you do? You sit and wait for inspiration to come.
You don't have time to sit around and wait! You have 50k words to write in one month! So how do you write when you literally have no clue? You write...whatever. Seriously, even if it doesn't make sense to your story, just write. It'll trigger your brain that it's writing time and you'll get back on track in no time.
While writing Farryn, I would come to a point where I just had no clue where to go (and partly that was because of how badly I outlined, but enough of that), so out of frustration, I'd write gibberish. Eventually that gibberish sparked an idea in my mind and I'd get back to actually writing.
If that doesn't work for you, then skip ahead and write the next scene you know what to write, then connect the two sections together. I used these two methods for my second NaNo and it worked really well for me.
Here's another tip: if your characters are travelling to some location and the travelling isn't going to be an important scene (but you need it anyway, so it isn't confusing to the reader) and you don't know how to write it just put something quick like, "[character name] traveled to [place]" then continue writing the scene. It'll make you write faster and you can edit the travelling part later. (For some reason writing travelling scenes was hard for me.)
Know Your Writing Time
People have the best writing at different times. Mine is at night when everything is quiet and there are a lot less distractions. Experiment and see which time of day is best for your writing!
But just because you write more at one time than the other doesn't mean you should wait! Like I said before, don't procrastinate. You may get the most words down at your special time, but every extra word written counts toward your end goal.
My first NaNo, I wrote solely at night and I always went to bed at midnight or after. Not good. So my next NaNo, I wrote whenever I could, and on some days I wrote beyond my word count goal of the day! I also went to bed earlier which was a blessing.
NaNoWriMo is the month for writers! It's supposed to be fun and exhilarating! You're writing a novel!! Sure, it's stressful and hard at times, but once November ends and you have the rough draft of your novel done, it's the best feeling in the world!
Goodluck this November! I’ll be joining y’all next year! :)