As the dawn of the third NaNoWriMo day is upon us, it is time to get serious. We all wrote a lot the first two days and now the question is how to keep up your writing pace.
I’ve banked my words so I can have a day off to write an article and tend to my life, but I still feel an incredible urge to keep writing. It’s to make sure I am ready for any event that might prevent me from writing in the future. That is why I am committed to having written 10,000 words by the fourth day.
But, I’ve prepped by writing around 1,000 words a day. And the only reason I feel so prolific is because NaNo had just started and I get so excited when I see my word-count jump up.
I bet many of you had a similar experience (comment below to tell everyone how it unfolded). The problem is, of course, how do you keep up your writing pace. And I offer you the greatest hacks you will ever find.
4 Hacks To Keep Up Your Writing Pace
We will now go through these great tips and try the out to see if they get us to the finish line on time.
There is no stimulation like a challenge. It is the one thing that drives us forward, especially if we committed to writing 50,000 words in 30 days. That there is a sweet proof we are ready to take on a challenge.
Now, to make it even more interesting, plus to ensure we are ready in case something unforeseen happens, make a bigger challenge. Write at least 2,000 words a day!
You will commit to this with all your strength. You will be determined to type a quarter of that during your morning coffee rituals. And best of all, you will be sure to have 5 extra days for safety!
Still, don’t be too hard on yourself. The whole point of overwriting is to make sure you can miss a day or fall short on your minimum word-count of the day. So, if it happens that one day you only wrote 1,000 words – that’s still pretty good.
2,000 words is a lot of words to write in one sitting. I will tell you again, the best thing to reaching that goal is to segment your words in a way that suits you the best.
For me, the best thing is to write at least 500-1,000 in the morning. And at least as much in the afternoon. Even though I like writing in the evenings too, life and work get in the way so I am hardly ever able to write a word then.
So, I would suggest you examine your daily routines and pinpoint the time slot that are open. Use those slots to write as much as you can. Remember, at this point it’s about quantity. Everything is fixable, so don’t worry about errors. The time I found I can use more productively is my daily commute. Every day I spend a total of two hours in a bus and that is the time I can dedicate to my novel. Especially when I figured there is nothing interesting I really do during the commute.
But, be sure to rest. Take breaks every now and then. Don’t bun yourself out. 15-minute breaks are a good way to clear you head.
As I have mentioned before in our NaNoWriMo prep article writing sprints are a great way to boost your word-count in a matter of 15 minutes. Basically, you write as fast as the words come to you.
Set your timer on 15 minutes and don’t do anything else during those 15 minutes. Don’t leave the screen out of your sight. Keep typing even if you get a notification from social media or a sales’ report on you e-mail. It can wait for 15 minutes.
This is a marvelous exercise to make sure you reach a higher word-count. It doesn’t take away too much of you time.
Never skip a reward. It’s the way our brains work. If you reward yourself with a nice dose of dopamine (induced by chocolate, a small amount of alcohol, any other form of sweets, nicotine – whatever you prefer) your brain will know it has to be sharp to get what it desires.
There is a grave mistakes amateurs make that kills productivity – they ‘reward’ themselves before anything is done. So, no candy before you write a 1,000 words!
Celebrate the little things. Celebrate every victory you make!
I hope you will find these hacks helpful. I use all of them to boost the daily word-count. If you are participating in NaNoWriMo we can be buddies! Let’s win this thing.
Author: Mladen Reljanović
Mladen Reljanović is the founder and lead writer at Writer to Writers. He is the author of Oaktown stories, senior student of communication and a pianist.