Write 1,667 Words A Day.
Write 1667 words a day. This can not be over stressed enough. In order to reach 50,000 in 30 days you must write a bare minimum of 1,667 word per day. You can (and should) write more than that per day, but what ever you do: DO NOT WRITE LESS!
Write EVERY DAY!
This is even more important than writing 1,667 word per day: WRITE EVERY DAY!
This can not be stressed enough. Writing every day is the true secret to winning NaNoWriMo. Not writing every day is the #1 reason why 65,000 people failed to reach 50k last year. They wrote a bunch on day one. Wrote a little bit less on day two. Skipped day three thinking “I’ll write double tomorrow.” Skipped day four thinking: “Well it’s only two days that I missed and I still have the rest of the month to finish.” Day 20 came along and they still had only written 10k and now had 40k left to write in 10 days: That’s 4,000 words a day. I have no problems writing 4,000 words a day, I can easily write 10,000 a day. But you know why I can do that? Because I’ve been writing for 27 years, and I write every day, and the more days you write, the easier it becomes to write and in the end the more words you write per day! For someone new to writing though, it’s pretty hard to reach 1,000 words a day, and that is why writing EVERY DAY is so very, very, VERY important.
Write every day, even if you’re ahead.
It is a common folly to start out writing 3,000 – 5,000 words the first day. Not that writing 3,000 – 5,000 words in one day is a folly, it’s pretty good, and you should go right ahead and do it. The folly of this is that many newbies look at that and say: “That’s 3 days worth of writing, I can take a break tomorrow.”
Tomorrow comes and goes. Than so does the next day. And the next. And than Thanksgiving rolled around and you realize, you have 4 days left to write and now you are really in a bind.
Writing a bunch each day for the first few days is good, but never let that be a reason why you skip a day of writing. Getting ahead is easy, falling behind is even easier, and catching up once you’ve fallen behind is pretty hard. So, write every day, even if you’re ahead.Write every day, even if you don’t feel like it
Write every day, even if you don’t feel like it.
Every writer has a day when they wake up a say:”I don’t feel like writing today.” But you know what, if you are a career writer; a writer who writes as a career, you can’t do that.
Well, how many times have you woken up and wished you didn’t have to go to work? But did you call your boss and tell him: “I’m sleeping in today, sorry, I’ll come to work tomorrow.” No, you didn’t, because you’d have been fired. You got up and you went to work anyways, because that’s what you have to do.
Writing is the same thing. You don’t write, you don’t get paid. You can not take a day off from work, even when you work at home as a writer.
The same thing goes for NaNoWriMo. You don’t work, you don’t win. You got to work at it every day to win.
Write every day, even if you REALLY don’t feel like it.
Write every day, even if you REALLY don’t feel like it.
Now maybe you are the kind of person who would call your boss and say you was sick even when you were not. If you are, than eventually it well catch up with you and you will lose your job.
Same thing goes for NaNoWriMo. You miss one day, and than you miss another, and it catches up with you quick and you lose your job as a NaNoWriter, because you lose the contest!
Do not give in to your feelings. Push them aside and write anyways. You’ll be glad you did.
Write every day, even if you get bored with your plot.
Write every day, even if you get bored with your plot. You have several choices here.
First off you can stick with your plot and hope it gets better as you write. But remember if the author is bored with the plot, than how do you think your readers are going to feel when they read it?
Secondly you can change your plot. Keep your story and characters, but give them something different to do. Or kill one of your characters and don’t tell your other characters about it, just let them try to figure it out themselves.
Thirdly, you can toss it aside, and start a second story. Keep you first one though, because you can still count that as going towards your 50k word count.
Fourthly, you can write a set of short stories to start off, and than go with the one that you like the best after you get going.
But whatever you do, make certain that you write each and every day.
Write every day, even if your story ends at 15,000 words instead of 50,000.
Write every day, even if your story ends at 15,000 words instead of 50,000. It happens. Just start writing a second story. A lot of NaNoers write multiple short stories instead of one long novel. If you have to than write 5 stories at 10,000 words each or 10 stories at 5,000 words each. Doesn’t matter how many stories you write or how many words in each of them, as long as their combined total reaches at least 50,000.
Write every day, even if you have school or work to deal with
Write every day, even if you have school or work do deal with. Get up an hour earlier so you can write before you leave the house. Write during your lunch break. Write for an hour before bed. This can be done, I know, because I did it: 3 years in a row!
Write Every Day, Even on Thankgiving!
This is the biggest NaNo stumbling block ever. Every year thousands of writers write every day, stay on track, start getting ahead, and than BAM! Four days before the contest ends they drop out. So close, yet so far.
So what happened? They stopped writing for just one day: Thankgiving Day. Wither it was the Macy’s Parade, the football game, the cooking, the relatives dropping by, or a combination of all 4, there was so much hecticness on that one day that they never found time to write. Than they were so tired the next day, that they put off writing again and by the time they got over the slump of Thankgiving Day, the NaNoWriMo contest had closed it’s doors for the year and they were unable to submit their entry.
So what do you do? Well there are several things you could do:
Turn off the tv for starters. I mean, do really need to watch the parade… it’s the same thing every year! And why do you need to watch a bunch of men in tights chasing balls? Sounds pretty silly to me.
Lock the door and don’t answer it. Only the worst relatives will break down the door, though I can think of two of my own who would do just that. And yes, I do lock the door and don’t answer it on holidays, because I am feed up with my 24 aunts and uncles and there 64 kids and their 200+ grandkids and their 30+ great grand kids. I just want some peace and quite free from relative. Maybe your relatives are not as obnoxious as mine, but boy is NaNoWriMo a good excuse to lock the doors on Thanksgiving Day!
Don’t cook. Twenty years of cooking Thankgiving Dinner made me realize, how much I love eating at a buffet for Thanksgiving. If it hadn’t been for NaNoWriMo, I might never have given up cooking on Thankgiving. I feel so free now.
If you can’t give up those things, than, write double, or even triple the day before AND write double or triple the day after as well. It’s the only way you are going to reach 50k and watch the parade, watch the the game, cook dinner, and let your relatives in the house.
Another alternative is to plan to finish NaNoWriMo before Thanksgiving. To do that you need to raise your word count per day, from 1,667 words per day to no less than 3,000 words per day, with 4,000 words per day your best bet. It’s harder, but it can be done and a lot of Wrimoers do it every year.
Write every day, even if you are sick in bed with a fever.
Write every day, even if you are sick in bed with a fever. (Been there, done that. No fever is going to stop me from writing every day! Granted I wrote only maybe 100 words per day, but at least I got something written down.) I have done NaNoWriMo through common cold, stroke, and N1H1. If I can do it, so can you.
This article was originally published in October 2006, under the title The 13 Step Method To NaNoWriMo. The second edition was created on: April 22, 2007 and last updated: September 22, 2009, is copyright to Wendy C. Allen and The Twighlight Manor Press, and is reprinted here with permission.
To read the complete article: NaNoWriMo: Reaching 50,000 Using EelKat’s Methods (The Complete Article – All 26 Pages – Including the 13 Step Method)
NOTE: If you would rather read each section individually, you can follow the links below:
NaNoWriMo: Reaching 50,000 Using EelKat’s Methods: Part 1: Getting Started
NaNoWriMo: Reaching 50,000 Using EelKat’s Methods: Part 2: Write Every Day
NaNoWriMo: Reaching 50,000 Using EelKat’s Methods: Part 3: Don’t Quit!
NaNoWriMo: Reaching 50,000 Using EelKat’s Methods: Part 4: Write it YOUR Way!
NaNoWriMo: Reaching 50,000 Using EelKat’s Methods: Part 5: The Dangers of Word Padding
NaNoWriMo: Reaching 50,000 Using EelKat’s Methods: Part 6: The 13 Step Method
NaNoWriMo: Reaching 50,000 Using EelKat’s Methods: Part 7: Love Your StoryNaNoWriMo: Reaching 50,000 Using EelKat’s Methods: Part 8: December and Beyond
NaNoWriMo: Reaching 50,000 Using EelKat’s Methods: Part 9: 50k in 3 Days!
NaNoWriMo: Reaching 50,000 Using EelKat’s Methods: Part 10: But I’ve Never Written Anything Before
NaNoWriMo: Reaching 50,000 Using EelKat’s Methods: Part 11: Remember – You Are Writing a Novel!
NaNoWriMo: Reaching 50,000 Using EelKat’s Methods: Part 12: Where to Find More Info