NaNoWriMo Tip: It’s Not About Winning

It’s the final countdown. The end of the month is upon us, and unless you happen to be a couple thousand words away, this might be where your NaNo journey ends. It’s also the last Friday of the month, so it’s time for my final NaNoWriMo tip.

This ‘tip’ is really more of a nugget of advice, and a lot of it was pulled from a post on my old Tumblog, but it still holds true, and I think it bears repeating at the end of NaNoWriMo.

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NaNoWriMo Tip: Beat the Word Count Trap

This tip is a weird one, and it’s the result of a recent discovery. Not long ago I purchased an Alphasmart after seeing other writers rave about it online. I’d always wanted to try one, but it wasn’t until this year that I decided to give it a go. I found a cheap one on Amazon, and when it arrived two days later I immediately headed to a local coffee shop to give my new toy a spin.

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NaNoWriMo Tip: Keep Up Your Momentum!

It’s the third Friday of November, which means it’s time for yet another NaNo tip! This one comes after a very rough couple of weeks for me, so you can bet that I’ll be employing some of these suggestions in the second half of the month!

Every time I’ve lost NaNoWriMo, it’s because I stopped writing for a couple of days, lost the momentum I had built up, and struggled to build it up again. You let yourself get carried away by other responsibilities, and you don’t make time for writing. And the longer you spend away from the writing, the easier it becomes to ignore and the harder it becomes to get back into it. Don’t let this happen to you. It is very hard to bounce back if you’ve let yourself slack off for the better part of the month.

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NaNoWriMo Tip: Avoiding the Empty Page

Happy Friday, Wrimos!

As I mentioned last week, every Friday of the month, I’ll be giving you one of my favourite tips to get you through NaNoWriMo. Last week I urged you to write as much as you could at the start of NaNoWriMo when passion and excitement are at their highest. I’m sure by this point some of you might be feeling the pressure. The second week is one of the most challenging – you’ve barely started, and at the same time you realize just how hard it’s going to be to reach 50k and how much more you have left to write. It’s not easy.

While this might be a bit of an odd tip, it’s one I’ve used before to great success. I think it’s particularly effective if you’re the type to be intimidated by a ‘fresh page’.

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NaNoWriMo 2019: 12-Hour Writing Challenge & My Best NaNo Tip!

NaNoWriMo 2019 has begun, and though I’m not as prepared as I’d like to be – I’m still struggling through my hefty October goals, I’m already preparing in other ways.

I’ve done NaNo quite a few times at this point – this will be my Eighth year, not including many a Camp session on top of that. I know what works for me, and I know what to do to help me get through the month with 50 thousand words at the end.

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