Give Yourself A Nudge During NaNo [NaNoWriMo Prep]

November is the official “NaNoWriMo” month. There’s no flexibility of choosing your word count like the Camp NaNo months. If you’re in it, you’re into write 50,000 words. No more, no less. (Well, technically you can write more or less, but that’s beside the point…)

During Camp NaNo you can write 10,000 words if you choose. Then you have to write about 334 words a day. That’s a pretty big difference compared to writing 1,667 words a day for a 50,000-word goal.

That difference can make it easy to get behind in your word count.

November is a busy month. We just get over Halloween, then there’s Thanksgiving (where I am), then begins the various Winter holidays. Everyone has either work or school (or both) during November. It’s just an all-around busy time of the year.

That’s why I’m here to tell you to write more than your daily goal.

Do A Little Extra During NaNoWriMo

I try to write 2,000 words a day for three reasons: One, because I like even numbers and two, because I think 2,000 words is a good length for one chapter.

The third reason is that I like to get a little ahead of the game. 2,000 words compared to 1,667 is an extra 333 words. It’s not much, but it’s something.

There will be days when you feel like you can’t write anymore. There will be days when you’re so busy that you write less than 1,667 words or you don’t write at all.

Allow yourself to write that little bit extra each day, even if it’s only 50 or 100 words. If you write a little extra each day, it’ll add up. You’ll finish earlier and you’ll be able to allow yourself some cheat days here and there if you need it.

It’s easier said than done, but if you get yourself into the mentality of writing 1,800 words as opposed to 1,667, it should come easier with each day. Even if you add an extra 50 words one day and then able to add an extra 75 words the next day.

Giving yourself that extra nudge will really pay off in the long run, especially if you’re on a roll with your writing.

This may not make sense to everyone, but it works for me and I think it’s a great way to get a little ahead, especially in the first week. Because we all know that second week of NaNo is the hardest.

Do you typically write the standard 1,667 words? Or do you try to go a little above and beyond when you can? Let me know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

Ten Things To Do In Between Writing

I try to get as much writing done in one day as I can. I usually sit at my laptop and write 2,000 words at a time. Then I take a small break and go back to it.

I repeat this until my fingers are numb or my brain can’t handle words or the computer screen any longer.

Because I do this, I’m able to write up to 10,000 words in one day. Those words may not necessarily be any good, but at least I’m getting the idea down on paper.

So, in no particular order, here’s a list of things you can do in between your writing.

1. Take a walk.

I need exercise every once in a while and so does my dog. In between word counts I like to take Chip for a walk. Walking not only gets your body moving for a little while, it clears your mind and you’re breathing in fresh air. Then you can go back to your writing with a fresh mind.

2. Watch the rain.

You can’t go walking in a thunderstorm. I mean… You could. But I wouldn’t recommend it. I always found rain soothing; the sound it makes, its smell, and just watching it come down from the sky.

3. Play video games.

This is my personal favorite. Video games are my hobby and I don’t get to play very often between writing and work and other things. Video games help with writing, too. It teaches you about character development and has great story lines.

4. Eat.

I know I forget to do this while writing. I usually like to eat foods that get all over my fingers and who wants a cheesy keyboard? So, go make yourself a snack, eat, and refuel.

5. Clean or organize something.

Throw in a load of laundry or rearrange everything on your desk. A clean area to work is motivating and can make you feel more productive.

6. Play with the dog.

If you have one. If not… Go buy one.

7. Be social.

Why would you want to do this? You have your characters, don’t you?

8. Watch TV.

Just like video games. Except you should limit yourself to one or two episodes. Depending on the show before you know it, it will be the next day.

9. Run an errand or two.

Get out of the house every so often. It’s good for you.

10. Check social media.

Social media is a huge distraction. Get your word count done and use social media (and the Internet itself) as a reward.

What do you do in beweteen your word counts?

Camp NaNo: The End

Stats

It’s the last day of Camp NaNo. For some–depending on where you live–it’s already over. Did you hit your word goal and validate it? Did you go above and beyond? Did you finish your novel and are you satisfied with it?

Like I said in yesterday’s post, I’m going to take a break from my NaNo project. I thought the story was ready to be told, but I guess I got ahead of myself.

With that being said, I’ll be focusing on a few other projects that I’ll explain in another post.

Even though my novel didn’t go over as well as I thought it would, the main goal was to get the idea down on paper. I hit my 50k word goal.

My cabin, filled with 12 people total, had an overall goal of 600k.

Cabin Stats

As you can see, we rocked it!

For one person to hit 600k in 30 days, they would have to write 20k a day. Can you imagine? I’ve written 10k in a day before, but I think 20k is a bit much; especially if you have to do it for 30 days straight. It would certainly be an interesting challenge.

One of these days I would love to have my word count goal be 100k. I think that’s much more doable.

I hope you all had a wonderful April and you all won your Camp NaNo challenge!

Camp NaNo: Week Three Recap

April 21 2015

Three weeks down, one more to go….

Daily Word Count:
Day 15: 2,385
Day 16: 0
Day 17: 0
Day 18: 5,514
Day 19: 0
Day 20: 0
Day 21: 2,023

Week three total: 9,922
Overall total: 40,037

Wow, I skipped a lot of days this week. I think this week was the “week two slump” for me even though it’s the end of week three. I guess I was a bit late on that front… at least I’m not behind in my word count, though.

My novel is starting to stray a bit. I had a little bit of an outline at the beginning and then decided to outline as I went on. I stopped outlining as I wrote and now I don’t know where I am.

I am coming up with new ideas for the novel, but a lot of the scenes I’m writing now I know are going to end up deleted in the editing process. The characters seem to be having fun, though.

The thing is, I finally introduced George’s mother and now I’m not so sure if it was the right time to bring her into the story.

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how everything plays out.

How is your novel coming along?

Camp NaNo: Week Two Recap

April 14 2015

Week two has come and gone. Where did the time go? I hope it was spent writing.

Daily Word Count:
Day 8: 0
Day 9: 3,010
Day 10: 2,013
Day 11: 7,044
Day 12: 0
Day 13: 0
Day 14: 2,024

Week two total: 14,091
Overall total: 30,115

My word count is still fluctuating a bit….

I still haven’t really gotten into that writing routine like I wanted to, but at least I’m keeping up. I guess that’s what matters, right?

Kris and I decided to get as much writing done as we possibly could on the 11th, so that’s why my word count was so big (success!). While I was writing that day, I did come to the realization that I was just putting words down for the sake of my word count. I’m pretty sure when I go back to edit, half (if not most) of those scenes will be deleted.

At least I’m getting ideas down on the paper though, right?

In other news, my cabin is now full. I started a private cabin and we began the month with just three of us. I set it to public and a few people joined here and there. Then I logged on the other day and about six more people joined and now we’re full.

Everyone seems friendly and really into their novels, so I’m excited about that.

I hope everyone is ready for week three.

How is your novel going so far?