Hi! So, I'm participating in NaNoWriMo this year, and I'm a bit nervous. I have a novel outlined, but I'm not so great at mass word production, which is, admittedly, why I'm diving into Nano this year. Do you have any tips for writers like me on how to stay inspired throughout the entire month and make sure you hit (or at least get close to) the word goal?
First thing you have to do is to keep yourself from editing. Write. Just write. You made a typo? Keep writing. You remembered a word that will fit better in a sentence from three pages ago? Keep writing. Don’t edit until you are finished with your novel.
Make writing a habit. Try to separate at least one hour of your day to write, preferably at the same time every day. This will help you know that you need to have everything ready at a certain time to just sit at your desk and write, and also helps setting your brain to a “working mode”.
Tell everybody that you’re participating on NaNoWriMo. Your mom, your dog, the ladybug in your backyard, friends, boss, teacher. Explain to them what it is and why it’s important to you, and ask them to ask you along the month how your work is going. This will motivate you because now everybody knows you’re writing a novel, and at the end of November you will want to have a novel to show them.
Put motivational quotes and posters on your wall. Whenever you feel unmotivated, remember why you started this novel, what was your goal with it, and try to think of how rewarding it will be when you finally finish it. Write a day at a time, and keep in mind your goal for the day, not for the month.
When you feel unmotivated, have contact with other forms of art. Draw something, take pictures of silly things (like that ladybug from your backyard). When you go back to your desk, just write. In the last days of the month it will be harder to write, you will not feel as motivated as you were feeling when you started, but remember you’ve come a long way and keep writing. I promise you it will be very rewarding at the end.
Different things work for different people, so pay attention to what motivates you.
Good luck with your novel, I’m sure you’ll do great!
Edit: guardevoir said: There are also the NaNo-Forums. Great way to get distracted, but an equally great way to get really motivated really fast. Talking to other writers is one of the most motivating things imo, and then there are typo-threads if you need a good laugh…”