Gearing Up: Week Four

Plot? Check

Characters? Check

Setting? Check

Time to write? Uhhh….

This last one is going to be your most difficult as you start work on your National Novel Writing Month Novel. Things will distract you and you will get busy and you will think “I’ll just work on this tomorrow instead of today”.

Now, you can do this if you really want. But if your goal is to meet the 50,000 word “winner’s circle”, then the more days you postpone any writing at all is a day that you’re going to need to add more writing to at the end.

1667 words a day will get you to 50,000 in 30 days. Remember that. Those are your magic numbers.

So, what can you do to make sure you write?

First off, write every day. Force yourself to write if you have to, even if it’s just a few hundred words. Once the words get flowing though, don’t be surprised to find yourself writing more than what you had originally planned for in that time. It tends to happen that way a lot.

Another way is to work with other NaNoers. Word Wars is always my preferred method of getting writing done. Set a time limit and write as much as you can within that time and compare who has more at the end. It turns on our competitive streak as humans, and you would be surprised at the amount of times I have gotten something amazing from 15 minute Word Wars with Liz.

Carve out a chunk of your life to write if you have to. 5 minutes on lunch here, 10 minutes after dinner there. It doesn’t need to be all at one go and indeed, it can be even better if you don’t as it gives you time to figure out scenes in your novel.

The best think about NaNo is that is prepares you to become a writer if that is what you truly want to be. As far as I know, there will never be a deadline of 50,000 words in a month, but you might have “a novel in a year” as a deadline. And the tricks and habits picked up here of writing every day and thinking about your writing even when you are not will serve you well in years down the road.

I used last year’s NaNo as a test run for my undergraduate thesis. I knew that if I could do 50,000 in a month, I could do 20 pages in 3.

So write, write, write, whenever you can. You have a week left to plan. Best of luck!


About Megan Hammer

An author just beginning to try to get her foot in the door, Megan hopes that blogging about her love will help her own writing skills, as well as let her see what other people like to read, and connect with them. While her favorites books are mainly in the Fantasy Genre, she is always looking for recommendations for something new to read. Have something to say to her? She is always happy to get e-mail at: View all posts by Megan Hammer

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