There are various strategies for tackling NaNo but the one that appears to work the best is: hit it early and put up some big numbers, then maintain a steady stream throughout. Use the words you've built up to have an off day and recharge the batteries every so often - and then finish strong.
Having failed in 2011 and succeeded in 2012 I can speak to the fact that it's a gruelling contest and at the very least you need to be insanely prepared. Or just prepared. Or just insane.
|My stats after two days of NaNoWriMo|
If you haven't guessed already, for the next four weeks I'll be focusing on my journey through NaNo and sharing any interesting nuggets I find along the way. It also means that my posts will be a little shorter than usual simply due to the fact that I need those words in my novel. It doesn't matter they'll get edited out later; that's a problem for December.
Writing isn't the only thing I'll be doing in November. It's also the month where I get to listen to my family complain about my facial hair as I don a moustache to help raise awareness for men's health. Movember is an annual event were men from around the world attempt to go all Tom Selleck in an effort to get people to ask, "Why the hell are you growing that sorry-ass moustache?" and then donate money. It's been working out pretty well for the last few years and I'm proud to be a supporter.
- If you're participating in NaNoWriMo this year try to get ahead early;
- use any buffer you can build to take a few breaks; and
- finish strong.
Tom Selleck image courtesy Georges Biard (via Wikipedia Commons)