31 Days to Surviving NaNoWriMo - Set Goals

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

50,000 words seems a bit daunting, especially when you haven't written any yet.  It's not as bad if you break it down into writing goals.

50,000 words over thirty days means you need to write 1,667 words each day.  This is how I kept track of my progress last year, and it worked well.  There were a couple of days I wrote less and some days I wrote more; if I didn't hit my daily quota, I would add it on to the next days.

If you prefer to not write every day, aim to write 12,500 words a week.

Sometimes when you're writing, you get stuck.  And that's okay.  Sometimes it helps me to bribe myself to keep writing.  Like, if I write 250 more words, I can have some chocolate milk or watch a Law and Order: SVU rerun.  Just little stuff like that.  It can be pretty effective.

Having a goal in mind makes it easier to get through the (often nerve-wracking) process of writing 50,000 words in 30 days.  The less stress you can create for yourself, the better.

Day 1 - PLAN!
Day 2 - Finding Space to Plan

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