Surviving NaNoWriMo – Week 2

We are now in week two of NaNoWriMo! For those who don’t know what NaNo is, it’s a challenge to write 50,000 words throughout the month of November. Traditionally you write a novel, since it is National Novel Writing Month, but other projects are accepted. This year I’m trying to write my 50k in blog posts.

Now is the week of self doubt, denial, and in my short NaNo history dropping out can be included. So today I’m going to share my tips for staying on track as the month goes on.

The #1 thing all Wrimos need during November is caffeine. Be is coffee, tea, or that fancy caffeine chocolate – stock up. You’re going to need it. I drink tea, so I have a big box of orange pekoe tea bags in the pantry that I’m really using. During the week you may be able to take it easy on these, but make sure you have a supply come the weekend.

The weekend is when you should be raising your word count, so you have some wiggle room throughout the week. I’ve been doing it backwards, since I’m going to have a super busy weekend, but generally speaking you should be writing your butt off on weekends. (Maybe listening to me on this isn’t a good idea… I’m over 5,000 words behind right now.)

Another tip I have, taken from No Plot? No Problem! is to boast about what you’re writing. If people know that you’re trying to write 50,000 words, then you have to face their laughter when you fail. If you really need motivation then bet something. It doesn’t even have to be money. Have a roommate/family? Get them to hide all the cookies in the house, and only give them to you if you meet your word count. Have a Starbucks addiction? Get a friend agree to buy you one drink a week if you meet your word count every week. Have a ruthless friend? Give them some of your money and tell them to only give it to you if you meet your word count. If you picked the right friend they actually won’t give it back if you fail.

Last thing: Make some writing buddies. If you have people to compete with, then you’ll want to win even more. A real life friend maximizes competitiveness, but if you can only find people online that works too. If you can beat a friend and win NaNo at the same time, then that’s even better for you, and your word count.

That’s about all I have for today. Any of you have some tips to stay on track? I sure could use them about now! So please give me your secrets. I’m seriously desperate.

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