She’s so caught up in her own world, the one filled with books and whatever you find in them, that sometimes I wonder if she has any idea of what’s really happening. Like, in this world. Where we’re both standing.
Another question right up there with “Why am I doing this to myself?” is “How will I ever find the time to write?”
wThis is one of the most difficult parts of completing NaNoWriMo. What if I have a full-time job? What if I’m in school? What if something happens and I can’t reach my daily word count? All these things are issues you’ll have to deal with that make NaNoWriMo more complicated.
Here are a few ways to handle it all:
Know the Magic Number
To reach 50,000 words in month, you need to write 1,667 words daily. You don’t need to follow that exactly, but it’s a good starting point. You can adjust this to fit your schedule—for example, write double on the weekends and skip a couple days during the week—so find a way to make it work for you.
Leave Room for the Unexpected
There will always be issues that come up that might prevent you from writing. If you can get ahead one day, you’ll leave time open for anything else that comes up. My advice is to get ahead when you can, so you’ll leave time when you need it. It’s hard to know when the unexpected will come up, but you can be somewhat prepared.
Write in Intervals
A lot of people who want to tackle NaNoWriMo think you need to set aside an hour or two daily to write and sometimes fail because they don’t have an hour or two to set aside. My advice is to take a write when you can approach. If you have ten or twenty minutes, write for ten or twenty minutes. When you have free time, that’s when you should try to write. It will all add up!
Don’t Beat Yourself Up
If you can’t write one day—don’t. You shouldn’t force yourself if you’re feeling really down or if you’re going through something that requires your attention. NaNoWriMo might be important to you, but it’s not more important than your well-being. Take care of yourself first.
Readjust Your Plans When Necessary
Your life doesn’t go as smoothly as you’d like it to, so you need to be willing to readjust and make up for lost writing time. You shouldn’t put your life on hold to finish, but you do need to make some adjustments and maybe skip out on some things. NaNoWriMo is hard and that’s all part of the process. Try to let your family and friends know what you’re in for, so hopefully they can be supportive.
If you don’t reach 50,000 words by the end of NaNoWriMo, that’s perfectly ago. At least you’re one step closer to your goal of finishing a novel and you put a lot of hard work into getting your story started. Any progress you make during NaNoWriMo, whether you finish or not, is good progress!
A novel is like a window, open to an infinite landscape.