It’s Nanowrimo, and time is precious. You’re on a deadline,  scrambling to write fifty thousand words. Don’t worry. I’ll make it fast . . .



1)   Location location location! Where you write is critical. Leave the house. My favorite place is the library. If you can’t leave home, set up a dedicated writing place where distractions are minimal.Unknown-5

2)   Write on (a) schedule! Plan to write for a certain amount of time without stopping – shoot for at least an hour. Then take a break, stretch, use the bathroom, grab a snack.

Unknown-63)   Turn off your Internet connection and cell phone. The temptation to check emails, FB, twitter, and texts is hard to resist and will slow you down. If you have kids, keep the phone on. Your kid is more important than your word count.

Next up: How to deal with unsupportive “friends”

6 thoughts on “Tips for NANOWRIMO

  1. All good. You might want to indicate here how many one hour sessions per day is best, estimated daily word count, etc. I assume next time you’ll get to tricks to establish and maintain momentum.

  2. Great suggestions, especially getting out of the house. I’ve been trying to get to local write-ins and I’ve really been enjoying them. It’s harder to procrastinate when people around you are hammering away on their keyboards, plus it’s refreshing to be in a group of people that understand the writing madness.

    Turning of your internet connection is critical to getting your word count. It’s too tempting to look things up, which always seem to lead down a research rabbit hole. If I need research I just put in research marker and keep going.

    Good luck with your word count!

    1. Great idea about putting in a “research marker.” Once you open up that Internet window, you do indeed risk falling down the rabbit hole!

    1. Music is a great idea. Some writers like complete silence; some prefer the white noise. I’ve used sounds of nature – very calming.

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