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Carrying NaNoWriMo writing habits past November

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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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NaNoWrimo: The Final Verdict

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With November coming to a close, so does NaNoWrimo.  I decided to give it a whirl to see what it’s all about and see if it’s even worth it.  So here’s what I found….


 

 

 

 

 

Hitting the daily word requirements wasn’t as bad as I thought.  It usually took my only a couple of hours to hit 1667.

Word sprints are your best friend and I will keep using them FOREVER! Set a timer and pound out as many words as you possible can.  No time to over think, just get it out.

The people doing NaNoWrimo with you are supper supportive!

The write in events are a great way to meet your fellow writers.  Gotta have friends!

 

So I have to be honest…I didn’t actually hit the 50k goal.  I got the stomach flu and was out for three days and then I lost a friend suddenly and unexpectedly, there went another couple of days.  But I did better than I thought I was going to do.  I might do it again next year, but I am for sure going to take the practices I used during NaNo and apply them to my normal writing habits.

Final verdict?  Give it a go and see if it’s for you.  Gotta a half baked idea and what to see if you can turn it into a story?  Go for it!  I recommend planning a bit in October to prep, but how you handle NaNo is all up to you.

So did any of you do NaNoWrimo?  How’d it go for you? Let’s see those comments below!

 

 

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NaNoWriMo: is it worth it?

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For years I’ve heard and seen people talk about NaNoWriMo, which stands for National November Writing Month.  The basic premise of this event is for you to pump out a 50k word story in 30 days.  I’ve never worried about it because that seemed like an awful amount of work that I wasn’t sure if I was ready to tackle.  But this year I decided to give it a go.  I mean what’s the worse that can happen?  My writing has been pretty much non-existent lately so I’m hoping that this will help kick my butt into gear and get me back into the habit or writing a little bit each day.  

So here’s what I’ve learned so far.

Setting up is pretty easy.  It’s free!  The daily goal is 1667 words a day.  But there a ton of resources to help you.  There are forums for any and all topics to help you if you get stuck.  They also have this nifty thing called Word Sprints which is basically a timer that you set and try to punch out as many words as you can within that time frame.  When racing against the clock, you don’t have time to worry over every single word.  Using sprints is a great way to really hit the word count.  You can also join up with your region and gain access to write ins around you.  Write ins are exactly what they sound like.  People participating in NaNoWriMo meet up and write together.  It’s a great way to meet your fellow writers.  The region I’m in has their own open chat room where you can join in on word sprints or ask questions and get help in real time.

It’s only four days into it but I’m going pretty strong.  I just attended my 1st write in it was nice to meet writers near me.  At the end of the month I’ll check back in with you guys and let you know what pros and cons I discovered during this process.

Are you doing NaNoWriMo?  Comment below and share your tags!  We can pair up and do this challenge together!

 

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