Basically everyone has something other than writing to be focusing their time on: a full-time job, school, sports, clubs, families, pets. Committing to NaNoWriMo is huge.
So how do you fit it in on top of your already hectic schedule?
The answer may be simpler than expected. Set a time aside specifically for writing. Not only does this ensure that it fits into your schedule, but it helps keep you on track. You can throw out the excuse “I wasn’t able to write because I didn’t have time” by making time for it. Add it to your schedule. Set aside an hour or two just for writing.
Now I’m not saying that you should push everything aside for NaNo. There are obviously more important and pressing things than writing a novel…I mean, unless writing is your profession. And even then there are things that come before writing.
I think the keys here are prioritization (what comes before what, and where can I fit in NaNoWriMo?) and time management (is looking at forty puppy videos a good use of your writing time?)
A great way I found to stay on track is to break it up even further. Example: “If I sit and write for the next ten minutes without stopping, I can go get another cup of coffee”, or, “If I write another 200 words, I can check Facebook”. Actually I’m more likely to bribe myself with chocolate or something…apparently Bandit and I have more in common than I thought.
But how do you reach your 50,000?
Well, people are scientifically proven to be more successful if they have lot’s of little goals and celebrate each one accordingly as opposed to one giant goal. Which is a reason why NaNo is so great. Focus on your 1,667 words a day instead of staring at the looming 50,000 words you need in a month.
Remember: by the end of today you want to be around 3,333 words into your novel.
Hope this helps! Stay tuned for November’s Blogathon.
Thanks for reading!
Julia E. Flowers