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30 Days of NaNoWrimo

NOTE: November 1 is the first day of NaNoWriMo. It's that month where people with a passion of pushing themselves to the brink of reality set out to write at least 50,000 (that big number there is the minimum amount of words set) words to a novel. Preferably fiction, just so you know. Oh, and this year, it starts on a Saturday.

Day 1: Get Ready! Get Set! Go!

It's now midnight, November 1. You can start on that great novel that's been romping around in your head. You're all excited. Your hands are at the keyboard and rarin' to start typin'.

Now that it's time to get those words out there, you stare blankly at the screen because now your characters have decided to sleep. Sleep in late, Really late.

No? They're more ready to go than you are?

That happens too. And does it ever!

Coffee? Where's your coffee? You didn't make your coffee this morning. What? You don't drink the stuff. That's okay, I'm not much into it either.

Yes, ramblings like these is what will happen throughout the month and just not on your first day of NaNo. The further into the month you go, the worse it will become. Just don't give up, ever!

Now back to day one for a bit.

TIP: Pace yourself. You don't want to drive yourself crazy the first day. Unless, you do this on the weekends because that thing you do (a job, being a stay-at-home parent, or any other countless thing you do that puts you into a weekend writer) keeps you from putting much into it during the week because, pfffft, you just have no energy or desire to work even more.

While I do understand the tip above, even 30 minutes or so a day writing with a pen on paper and adding it all on the weekend, will help keep you motivated.

Now, one other thing you're going to realize is you're going to need snacks and lots of them. Hide them from the rest of the family (just don't forget where you put them now), but within arms reach because once you get going those breaks are going to come far apart, very far apart.

Last tip of the day, be sure to input your daily word count to see where you are at.

Day 2-29

Repeat and rinse day 2-29. Before you know it, you're on Day 30.

Day 30. Input your last daily word count and upload your work. It doesn't matter if you really don't make the word count. You will still have stepped out of your comfort zone and started on your novel. Now let the thing set and stew for awhile. Take a break and enjoy life.

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Scorpie wrote on October 25, 2014, 2:22 PM

Nanowrimo sounds like a word for eye worms or something.

Ruby3881 wrote on October 31, 2014, 4:37 AM

So are you taking the plunge this year, Karen? I was thinking of it, but I'm too bogged down. I think I'll pass this time...

Karenb wrote on October 31, 2014, 12:41 PM

That's the plan, starting is the easy part, finishing on the other hand.