Welcome to week #2 of NaNoWriMo. How’s everyone feeling?
I, for one, am surprised I made it this far. After falling behind last week, I wound up spending my weekend frantically getting caught up. But I finally broke 10k last night and I’m feeling good!
Probably my favourite NaNo trick (aside from letting people know what you’re doing and telling them to leave you the hell alone when you’re writing) has been writing in 20 minute sprints. I like to set a timer on my phone and try to hammer out as many words as I possibly can before it goes off. I kind of turn it into a competition against myself while I’m at it. It’s super nerdy, I love it.
For me – a person who needs to take regular breaks or my brain will revolt – this is a much more efficient system than shunning the internet and turning off my phone. I work my ass off knowing that the break is coming, and then I rest knowing that I’ve already accomplished a lot. It’s win-win!
Something else I’ve found super helpful has been being hyper organized (something I wish I could be in the rest of my life but I’ll settle for just NaNoWriMo for now).
Behold, my NaNoWriMo Google Drive folder:
As a writer, Google Drive has been my saviour. The last time I attempted NaNoWriMo I tried to write my entire manuscript in one massive document.
It was a bad idea.
This time around I created a filing system that has been working wonders for me. Not only is all of my prep work in one place (outline, character profiles, research, etc.) but I work in a new document every day so it’s easier for me to go back and find what I worked on at specific times. At the end of each day I move everything to a master doc so I can easily validate my word count on NaNoWriMo’s site.
Honestly, it might seem excessive, but I LOVE IT. I’m planning on writing Book 2 of The Star and the Ocean all at once and I will absolutely be using this system when I do.
What about you? What are your tips and tricks for winning NaNoWriMo this year? And how is your word count going? Tell me all about it in the comments!
— Maggie! (@star_powered) November 7, 2016