So yeah, I’m doing it again this year. I’ve done it four years already and haven’t once finished it.
Not finishing NaNoWriMo is the pits. Honestly. It makes you feel like a schmuck.
So how the hell am I doing it this year, you might be asking. How the hell can I possibly be on track to finish it successfully?
Aside: protip: aim for 65,000 words because a book that length is more marketable than a 50,000 word one, apparently.
How to get through NaNoWriMo
My advice is simple, really:
Just don’t talk about it that much. It’s so easy to get caught up in the hype on social media about it and to compare yourself to other people and then all of a sudden you find yourself feeling overwhelmed and like you’re not writing enough. This year, I’m ignoring tweets about it and not talking about it on Facebook. I’m just going in, getting the head down, and writing. I’m averaging 2,000 words a day, which for me is incredible.
I hope this tip helps you out there, NaNoWriMo writers! And thinking about it now, perhaps this goes for all other writing too. Feeling stressed? Like you’re not good enough? Overwhelmed? Like your writing is shit and you’re crap and will never amount to anything? Don’t worry: this is an entirely normal part of being a writer in the first place, perhaps even of being any kind of creative. So, get the head down, put the blinkers on, ignore the world, and get the work done. As a co-worker once said to me – the writers who tend to write don’t tend to tweet that often about how they’re writing.
This is one of the reasons I use a typewriter after all: there’s no internet!