Doing Camp NaNoWriMo this July? The competition is a great way to help train you to produce work on a headline, but it can be hard to keep the momentum going all month long. Check out these 5 tips to help you write as you head into week two:
Writeordie.com is a website that rewards you when you write and punishes you when you don’t. You’ll be so motivated by the clock – and the threat of a siren going off if you take too long to type your next sentence – that you’ll fly through your daily word count!
Find a Writing Buddy
Whether you run ideas past each other, give each other chapter updates, or write at the same time, they’ll inspire you to work on your own project! It’s a win-win! If you don’t have a friend that writes too, try talking to other participants in the NaNoWriMo forums or joining one of the virtual cabins on the site.
Try the Pomodoro Technique
Write in small chunks and take short breaks in between! This is known as the Pomodoro Technique, and all you need to get started is a timer and whatever you use to write. Using a physical timer can work well, because you can actively listen to it counting down, but a timer on your phone or laptop does the trick too! The traditional pomodoro is a 25 minute interval followed by a 5 minute break. After four pomodori, take 15-20 minute break. Repeat the pattern until you complete your writing for the day!
Listen to Music
Pick music that correlates with the tone of your story or what happens in a specific scene to get into the mood. If you’re stuck on a scene and need to find a way to move forward, take a walk while listening to music – motion can help your brain think of ideas! You might be surprised to find what you come up with. If you want to find the perfect playlist, try 8Tracks, or make one of your own!
Approach Your Writing Positively
Try to view your manuscript in a positive light, and remind yourself that editing can always come later. Even if what you’re writing isn’t stellar right now, you have loads of time to edit in August. Every book you’ve ever read was once someone’s terrible first draft that they made better through editing, but they needed a draft to revise in the first place. Writing with abandon is absolutely essential to winning NaNoWriMo!
Do you have any writing motivation tips? Are you participating in NaNo too? Drop us a line below!