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Tips to write more today and after NANO

November 4, 2019

 

Not sure I'm doing NANO this year but I found this blog and I'm repurposing it today. :)  

 

Novel Writing month is an annual event for writers around the world. The project has it's own website and community groups all over. I'm pretty sure there are t-shirts. 

 

Goal - write 50000 words in one month. November. 

 

I’ve started NANO several times and for some reason, the thought of 50000 scares the pants off me.  But I’m not giving up. My best word count was 35000 which for someone who works full time, wasn’t a bad showing. 

 

But hope springs eternal (cliché alert). So here’s my top ten ways to get more words down on the page –

 

#10 – Write consistently.  I don’t care if it’s every day or every Friday.   (For NANO November – that means every day.)

#9 – Realize, if you’re going to meet your dream, you’re going to be sacrificing something else.  Adding something new into your schedule is hard.  Get over it.

#8 – Treat your writing time like a job.  Would you be successful at your job if you showed up when the muse hit you? 

#7 – Set writing appointments.  Mine is 5:30 in the morning and write for 30 minutes before I get ready to go to work.  (If I miss too many appointments, I have to work out during that time.)

#6 – Get an accountability partner.  Pick someone who won’t let you get away with not reporting or whining. 

#5 -   Speaking of whining… “Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, their yours.” Richard Bach. 

#4 – Look for delegation opportunities.  Or get the kids busy…

#3 – Turn off the internet. Yes, that means Facebook too.

#2 – Sprint. I really love sprinting.  And it sounds like exercise.  “Sorry, can’t do dishes, I’m sprinting.”

#1 – Reward your muse.  When you reach your goal - dance. No seriously, get up and dance. I don’t care where you are.  Or how bad a dancer you think you are.  Your muse will enjoy it.

 

Now I have to get back to writing and catch up on those missing words.  Are you Nano’ing?

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