We are approaching the end of the month, and the validation window for NaNoWriMo is now open. To be a winner on the NaNoWriMo site, you need to clock in at 50,000 words, at least. However, sometimes, the validation process of those 50,000 words can be a little tricky, especially if you were a NaNoWriMo Rebel.
Perhaps you didn’t work on a new project, but continued on the project that you have working on for the last few month. (I did this.) Maybe you were working on multiple projects at the same time, all in different files. (Guilty as charged.) It’s conceivable that the allure of editing drew you in, for whatever reason, and you needed to work your writing hours away with your editor’s hat on. (Um… Yep. That was me too.) Or maybe you decided to divide your creative energies between writing and something else, like drawing. (Nope, this one wasn’t me. I can’t draw to save my life.)
Whatever the reason that a pure copy/paste of 50,000 words into the validator on NaNoWriMo is not feasible, there are some tricks that you can play to make your life easier.
During events like CampNaNo and NaNoWriMo, there is so much pressure to write every single day. For some, this can be overwhelming and can lead to the dreaded writer’s block. Give yourself permission to not write. Do something else creative instead, whether that be molding clay, drawing a picture, coloring in with pencils or cooking. Yes, I said cooking. Being artistic comes in many different forms, and let’s face it, if it doesn’t look that appetizing, not many people want to actually eat it.
In events such as NaNoWriMo and CampNaNo, every word you write adds to your word total. While it would be nice to have all those words adding to the same story, that might not be how your brain works. If you’re a short story writer, 50,000 words might be the working drafts of 10 different stories. Use separate projects if you must. The point behind these programs is not about the story itself, but to develop a habit of writing on a daily basis.
Many who take part in NaNoWriMo tend to get fixated on the word counts. Yes, it is good to have a goal, but NaNoWriMo is also about forming a habit for writing that you can carry with you into December and beyond.
There is something to be said for peer-pressure. If you are surrounded by a group that has their heads down and the fingers pounding the keys of their laptops, guilt will often take over — you should be writing too. Me… I can’t write in the presence of others, I’m too much of a social bunny and want to bounce ideas off of everyone. The solution: virtual write-ins. The organizers of NaNoWriMo and CampNaNo often run virtual write-ins via Twitter and other social media platforms. Check them out. They might provide you with the peer-pressure you need to write, but remove […]
We are approaching the middle of the NaNoWriMo season, and it’s about this time of the month when some writers start to run out of steam. Whatever motivation they had when they embarked on the challenge has begun to wane. It’s time to refuel the muse, so we can keep going.
Here are 9 different methods that could help you get back into the flow of writing.
Like all social media, the NaNoWriMo forums can be a massive time sink. Schedule the time that you allot yourself on the forums, and be sure that you don’t waste away your writing time.
Many writers will do a certain amount of editing as they write, restructuring that awkward sentence, working carefully to describe the scene in their minds perfectly, deleting phases that were written at 2 am that really don’t make any sense. While this is a reasonable practice, during events like NaNoWriMo and CampNaNo, one should resist as much as possible to do major editing. The idea behind these programs is to encouraged you to get the first draft of your manuscript out as quickly as possible. You can’t edit a blank page. Just let the extra the go.
For some, there is this urge to rush toward the finish line, pulling all-nighters early in November. Yes, there are some that actually reach the 50,000 word mark within one day. (Don’t ask me how, but I know of some personally that do it.) However, there is a difference between rushing to the finish line and generating something that you can work with. NaNoWriMo is traditionally about writing first drafts, but pace yourself and avoid writing pure dribble. It’s 1667 words a day for a reason.