How to stay on track with NaNoWriMo

If you’re participating this year, good on you! Taking up 50,000 words in a month is quite the challenge, but also completely doable. I myself had a bit of a hiatus from posting on here because I was trying to stay on top of my NaNoWriMo story and another story I am still in the process of writing, and was before NaNoWriMo.

Now if you’re here then you must be needing some help staying on track, if so you’re in the right place! Here are some tips for you!

Just a quick reminder that NaNoWriMo novels are not perfect! The goal is to get your words down on paper, the plot, the basics, a ballpark of your ideas! Don’t get too caught up in grammar, spelling, or little plot things. (Make a note of it and fix it later, you have to edit anyway!)

  • Recruit your friends to be ‘beta readers’. I know you have errors in your story, and “It’s not done”, but why not get a little bit of motivation from your friends? If they like it you get friends to cheer you on and if they don’t, well I’m sure they’ll still cheer you on.
  • Alternatively you can post your stories up on places like wattpad and writeon and make friends with/partner up for the remainder of NaNoWriMo. Also the power of the NaNoWriMo forums is not to be underestimated, head there too for a little extra support where it’s ideas or buddies!
  • Word Sprints! One of my favorite things, as well as my friend’s who are also participating in NaNoWriMo, is word sprints. What are word sprints you ask? Basically you write as much as possible within an allotted amount of time. Say we start at 5pm, and go for 15 minutes. It’s a burst of focus! Not so much a competition with others as it is with yourself. The goal is simply to write as much as possible. How many words do you get at the end of it? More info here. Participate on twitter here.
  • Losing Steam? Do it anyway. Push through. Sometimes it sucks, and sometimes writing isn’t what you want to do, but your committed! You got this. Are you behind? Dive back in! NaNoWriMo gives you an estimate on how many more words you need per day to get to 50k by the end of the month, use that to adjust!
  • Get Sponsored! Nothing like an extra dose of motivation, someone is backing you, with money! Raise funds to commit to your novel. Asking friends and family to support you is the absolute perfect amount of pressure to get you to that 50k word goal. You are also helping to keep the sites running for every writer. More info here.
  • Write using prompts! There are apps, websites, all kinds of things to keep you motivated and writing while also helping spark your creativity. Try them out! Although not a free option here is an app that’s pretty cool and aptly named prompts!
  • Do not delete anything. You hate it, you hate it ALL, but don’t delete anything. Why? You can fix it later. Trust me, take your finger off the backspace, do not highlight, right click, and delete! Just relax, push through and finish your first draft for NaNoWriMo! We aren’t at the halfway mark yet, you can do this!

I hope these tips help! Tweet me a link to your stories, I’ll take a look!

Do you have any tips you’d like to share? Have you made a post about this topic elsewhere? Share with us in the comments below or send me a tweet, and as always if you have any questions about writing that need answers, ask in the comments or on Twitter. @Webnovelist


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