This is a repost from last years NaNo. I know it was helpful last year, so I’m posting it again. If you have a tip, please leave a comment and lets all make it to 50,000!
In honor of the two day countdown mark (insert scream), I thought I would provide some great tips for getting to 50,000 without the cheating. (yes there are threads on ways to sort of “cheat” the system – but if you do that and you reach 50,000 – do you really feel like you accomplished something?)
Here we go:
1. Visit the Nano Forums if you feel stuck or overwhelmed. Many good things can happen from one visit. You can get an idea from someone else. You can get a few minutes to yourself to recoup.
2. Visit the Reaching 50,000 board. Seriously you will feel inspired, plus you can get some really great ideas.
3. Visit the Dare threads. You can reach it here. Not only is it great to read and get ideas from, but sometimes it makes you think of something you might not have otherwise thought of.
4. Try to set aside a nice size block of writing time every day. Having this set time is important.
5. Carry a small notebook or notepad with you during the month of November. That way if you are not writing and if you think of an idea, you can jot it down and come back to it later when you’re at your computer. (trust me, you will not remember it, your thoughts will be quite jumbled – write.it.down.)
6. Try to get ahead whenever you have some time. This way if you do have a “down day” you can relax knowing that you will be able to catch back up or that you could skip a day.
7. Be sure and take plenty of breaks. Eat. Sleep. Be Merry. Seriously, be merry. If you don’t do some things for you and get outside and take a few deep breaths, you are on a downhill slope. Just walk around a bit. Take a few deep breaths of fresh, cool air and do something else for a change.
8. Grab some friends. If you haven’t already got a writing buddy or two from the NaNo site, think about adding a few friends. Sometimes seeing their goal bars go up can motivate you to make sure yours is going up. Plus, they are great for bouncing ideas off of, and just cheering you on.
9. One of the best writing tips I have ever been given is don’t stop wriitng. When you have set aside some time to do some writing and you find yourself stuck or blocked, don’t stop writing. Don’t just sit there staring blankely at the screen – keep typing. If you have to type paragraphs of “I have no idea what to write, I am so stuck. Where am I going to go with this chapter, and how can I wrap this up so I can move on. This is not the way my novel is supposed to be going. I am so frustrated.” – then go for it! Just keep the words flowing. Even type out ideas or whatever you need. I think its awesome and I rarely have bad writer’s block anymore.
10. Please remember to have fun. This is all about doing something for yourself that is fun. If it stops being fun, then it really isn’t worth it. Keep it fun and you will get somewhere with it. Happy Writing!