This is love, this is war, this is insanity! (bonus points to anyone who can tell me what song/artist those lyrics are from :)) It’s been 10 days, 13,000 words, and it’s been crazy! I’m having trouble believing that I’m actually going to manage to survive NaNo and have a novel on top of it! Even though this is just my first year of NaNo, I’ve learned a few survival tips that have helped me so far.
1. I focus on the word count.
As long as you write your daily amount of words, you are going to win. I know that’s easier said than done, but that’s one thing that has really helped keep the huge goal of writing a novel in one month in perspective. It’s really not TOO bad, as long as you think that all you have to write is your daily amount of words, rather than an entire book.
2. I probably have more plot than words.
The first night of NaNo, I was in a NaNo induced panic. I was absolutely convinced that I’d run out of plot before I reached my goal. Well, now that I’m 10 days in, I finally realize that I probably have too much plot. In my outline (yes, I am still using it even though I’m not following it – does that make any sense?), I’m currently half way down page 1. I have 3 pages of outline written. So, my first panic was completely unnecessary. I was fine and I will be fine!
3. I can’t hit the backspace.
The first day of NaNo, I reread my beginning at the end of the day and came to the conclusion that it was completely horrible. I was convinced that the next day, I’d have to rewrite the entire beginning. Then it hit me. I can’t rewrite it. At least, not yet. I just have to keep working and keep writing no matter what I think of it at this point. Once I edit, then I can take care of any problems there are in the beginning.
4. I am writing sooner rather than later.
I used to write at night, right before I went to bed. Now, I try my best to write in the afternoon as soon as I’m done school. This way I don’t have to panic come 11:30pm when I still have an hour’s worth of writing left to complete for the day.
So, that’s four things I’ve learned about surviving this crazy month! What are your tips for surviving NaNo?