How I Won NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo is a crazy month where hundreds of thousands of people works towards the goal of writing 50,000 words for their novels. Even though I try to make time to write every day, I love the community of writers that rise up in November to encourage one another forward towards their goal. The forums and the Facebook group are incredibly helpful and, without them, NaNoWriMo would feel much more lonely and long. In fact, it is a big reason why I love this month.

But if I’ve learned anything this month, it’s that one method doesn’t work for everyone. I have very specific things I do to keep myself motivated to keep writing, but those methods might not work for everyone. What’s important, is finding out what works for you and sticking with it! It’s been a year of trial and error, but now I have my settled routine, and I got into the groove just in time for November.

Here’s what I did:

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Big Plans, Small Goals

A big part of my writing process is operating with small goals. After all, a novel is usually approximately 100,000 words, countless hours of time, and several rewrites. Focusing on the end game – the finished, published manuscript – is too daunting, too far off and untouchable, especially at the beginning. But even now, as I am in my second rewrite, that dream of putting “The Varken” for sale is still too far off.

Striving for small goals is achievable, visible, and pushes me forward, rather than causing me to be paralyzed, overwhelmed by the big picture.

There are several tools that I use that help me to visualize and determine these goals:

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