While the weather steadily cools and the coloured leaves continue to fall, Wrimos everywhere are setting their sights on reaching 50,000 words as the days grow longer and the nights grow shorter. I’m one of those fellow Wrimos, typing down the words day after day, discovering more about my characters and story as I delve deeper . This is my fourth year of NaNoWriMo and despite the fact that I spend more time inside the warmth of my house and less time outdoors, I’ve made leaps and bounds in terms of my writing.
There were a few things that made my first week of NaNoWriMo great.
The first was that I was well ahead of my word count and schedule, averaging close to 2,000 words a day. These past few months before NaNoWriMo, I cultivated a better writing habit, committing myself to writing more often. So, writing 1,000+ words a day doesn’t seem so daunting and feels like second nature to me now. Although you can get by on the minimum 1,667 words a day, I’ve realized that it really helps to be a little bit ahead of your word count to stay on track.
Another positive point was the fact that I prepared a lot better this year. Prior to NaNoWriMo, I started planning as early as September. I had my outline ready and added more detail to my story as the months went by. I also read Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird for advice on writing. I think these two things gave me the confidence I needed and were good for a reference point if I forgot anything or got stuck.
Finally, I also took more of an interest in my regional NaNoWriMo and in the NaNoWriMo community. I watched some of the webinars, YouTube videos and the virtual write-ins, which were both a big help to my outlining, sense of connection and motivation. I plan on attending an in-person write-in session soon too.
All in all, I’ve found these three things have helped me so far: a good writing habit, solid pre-planning and a sense of community. My total word count so far is: 10,693. As of today, I’m a little bit behind but I’m confident I’ll catch up.
How is NaNoWriMo going for you?
Let’s be writing buddies on NaNoWriMo.