Hey coffee lovers! As promised, I’m back with a mini series for the month of November. Many of you may know that it’s National Novel Writing Month, and the best way to get your novel started is by partaking in NaNoWriMo!
I’ve always done the NaNoWriMo Young Author’s Program, which is for writers under 18. I personally like this more as a student because it allows me to set my own word count goal and has a lot of helpful features that are really nice for busy teens. Last year I completed the program and wrote 20k words, which was huge for me! This year I’m doing the same word count goal and am having a ton of fun already.
That brings me to the next question, so you’re doing NaNoWriMo? There’s a lot (and I mean A LOT) of things I wish I would have known in the early days of writing, so here are my suggestions for getting that word count accomplished.
- Get serious!
If you really want to accomplish this goal, take it seriously! It’s beyond important to be in the right mindset, so if you believe you can do it, you will. That being said, put in the effort. This is possible, so start by setting time aside for writing.
- Make a schedule!
This is something that I find is super helpful. I can almost never get anything done if I don’t have set times for doing everything. Remember though, if you’re going to make a schedule, set time for breaks. Have those breaks be like rewards for getting some writing done. Maybe during one break you allow yourself another cup of coffee or some time to scroll instagram (maybe even @lifeandalatte if you’re feeling it). And follow this schedule, turn off your phone and toss it across the room if you need to!
- Write every day!
Even if you only manage to write 100 words, that’s okay! Just make sure you don’t go a day without at least writing something. Get into the habit of writing at a certain time and that will help. If you miss one day, you’ll want to miss another. You only have one month, and missing a few days can put you majorly behind!
- Just word vomit!
Word vomit (v.): the act of getting through a certain scene of chapter by just writing/typing whatever you can and not caring how terrible it probably is
NaNoWriMo is for a first draft, which means it will need a lot of work. Don’t spend too much time on one scene, no matter how much you want to write and rewrite it over and over again. Just keep going and know you can go back once you finish your first draft to fix it.
- Write a ton during the weekends!
Set a goal to write more when you can, most likely on the weekends. I try to make myself write 3k a day or more on the weekends depending on how much catching up I need to get done. Get up early so you’re not staying up late, and dedicate the day to your novel if you can. Then take a few breaks to go outside for a walk or watch some Netflix.
- Don’t give up!
It’s almost definite that at some point in the month you are going to want to scrap your novel entirely or just stop. DO NOT DO THIS. Take a break, but don’t give up! The reward of finishing is truly amazing. There was a reason for you wanting to take this challenge: you are a writer. Yeah, you! So drink another cup of coffee and keep going.
Are you doing NaNo? I would love to know if there’s any other writers out there who have started! I’ve been having a ton of fun already and can’t wait to see the finished product of what I’m working on. Until next time, grab a coffee and keep writing!