Attempting NaNoWriMo this month and a little scared as to how you’re going to meet the 50,000 word goal? Don’t worry, we got you covered! Here’s some advice from some other sleep-deprived, caffeinated writers who have done NaNo before and some of whom who are trying again!
“Don’t go looking for inspiration, you won’t find it, inspiration will come to you.”
-Dana McConkey, 20. Novel Title: The Butterfly Effect
“Try to stick to your daily goal, but know that it’s okay to take a break. Writing is supposed to be fun. When it stops being fun, take a day off. This might screw up your writing schedule, but know that it’s perfectly okay not to finish NaNo. I have faith in all of you! Also BACK UP YOUR NOVEL. RIGHT NOW.”
-Darcy Brauchler, 18.
“You’re writing 1666 more words than on a normal day. Don’t worry if you’ve got writer’s block – write anyway. NaNo brings out the worst in your writing – but it also brings out the best. Inspiration is optional.”
-Angeline Leong, 19. Novel Title: Wild
“Write everyday. Even if it’s only 100 words, you are 100 words closer. Skip parts that get you stuck. It’s totally okay to write a conversation that you already have muse for and have thought about. Don’t be afraid to skip around and write whatever is inspiring you that day. Sometimes, you spend three pages describing a room. Sometimes, you get on a roll and crank out 5000 words in a day. Disconnecting from the internet? It’s your friend. Don’t let the distractions get you down.”
-Marieka Cober, 21.
“One thing that helps is to give myself permission to write badly. I tell myself that I’m going to do my five or 10 pages no matter what, and that I can always tear them up the following morning if I want. I’ll have lost nothing—writing and tearing up five pages would leave me no further behind than if I took the day off.”—Lawrence Block, WD
-Submitted by Malissa, 22.
“I feel like this will be a month of discoveries. View this as a perfect opportunity to discover the parts of your writing self you never usually tap into, due to never really taking the time to expand out of what we consider our comforts. So use that knowledge and revel in the prospect of discovering something unknown about yourself. Self discovery shouldn’t be scary.
Also, please be gentle with yourself. Not making the word count does NOT mean you are a failure. You are brilliant.”
-Caitlin Kelland, 18. Novel Title: The Twelfth Obituary.
“If the words aren’t coming, don’t force them. Give yourself a break. Go for a walk, work-out, listen to music, talk with friends. Then, suddenly, I promise the words will come to you!”
-Chelsea Cirruzzo, 19.
You got this! Go out, write, and conquer!
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