Newton’s Law states that an object in motion tends to stay in motion. It’s simple physics. And it applies to writing too. If you write every day, whether it be over 1000 words or just 100, overtime it becomes easier to write and to stay on track. That’s one of the great benefits on NaNo. It keeps you writing every day. However it is part of the goal to reach 1,667 words every day. So how can you go from writing maybe a couple hundred words to writing over a thousand?
Consistency is key. If you have a really good writing day and get out enough words for that day and the next, don’t take a break the next day. Write at least a little bit. Keep your momentum going. NaNoWriMo is a marathon, not a race. Therefore, the old adage “slow and steady” (particularly the steady part) is definitely applicable.
However, don’t worry if you miss a day! It’s not the end of the world and stressing yourself out over a little thing like that is unnecessary. You can catch up and it isn’t a big deal.
A great tip I always find to work for me is to talk to someone. Tell them why you’re having trouble and bounce ideas off of them. I usually do this with my mom and it almost always results in a huge spike in creativity and productivity.
Another way to keep your writing juices flowing is to have a reserve scene. What is a reserve scene? It’s a scene that you’re really excited to write. As I’m sure most writers know, there’s always that one scene that you can imagine vividly. You hear exactly what your characters are going to say, you see exactly how they’re going to act. It’s crystal clear. If for some reason you get extremely stuck and nothing helps at all, write your reserve scene. If it’s not a good time in your book for your reserve scene, then write it all out and add it in later when it fits in with the rest of your story.
For more tips on reaching 1,667 words, you can go check out my article Writers’ Block .
Hope these tips help!
Thanks for reading!
Julia E. Flowers