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Carrying NaNoWriMo writing habits past November

Greetings My Lovelies!


Even though I didn’t win NaNo (congrats to everyone who did) I still liked the basic premise.  The idea of a word goal has always a four letter word to me.  I don’t usually like to put constraints on my writing, but if you want to pursue writing as a career, then you have to treat it like one.  Having a daily, or even weekly, word count goal not only keeps you on track but also makes you accountable for the effort you put in.  So here’s how you can keep your NaNo writing practices outside of the event.


Stay in touch with writer friends.

Keep in touch with the writer friends that you made during the event or engage more with the writing friends that you already have.  Either meet in person or set up a digital meetup.  That way you can hold each other accountable and goof off together.  Plus you can always bounce ideas off each other.


Use timers.

One of the tools that NaNo uses to help writers reach their word count is a practice called word sprints.  If you haven’t heard of it all it details is setting a timer and punching out as many words as you possibly can within that time limit.  It doesn’t leave any room for writer’s block or second guessing.  After all NaNo is all about getting your story on the page, no matter what.  To do this outside of NaNo just Google timer and there you go.


Set goals and meet them.

The goal for NaNo is 50k words in 30 days.  At first I didn’t think it was possible but as I went on, I realized that the smaller daily goal actually made it feasible.  You can set writing goals for yourself without having to wait for a writing challenge.  To keep track of your word counts I like WordAlpha.  You can set goals keep track of your progress for the month.  If that doesn’t work for you, there are plenty of others out there.


Well, there are your three ways to keep NaNo writing practices going outside of the challenge.  Let me know what you think down below.


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