Camp NaNoWriMo is starting again this April, which means we have another reason to pick up our pens and get focused on a new project, or finishing a current work in progress!
I’ve been thinking of ways I can help myself reach my Camp NaNoWriMo goal this coming month and I thought I’d share my five favourite tips with you:
1. Set an appropriate goal
Try to set yourself a goal that pushes you but that you feel is still achievable. Most people opt for word count goals as it’s a more measurable target, but some people might find it more helpful to aim for a certain amount of hours as there’s less pressure to put the words on the page. Setting an overly ambitious goal, you might find yourself feeling demotivated and completely switched off by the end of it all, so whatever your reasons for your end goal, make sure you pick a goal you know you can stay motivated for!
2. Have a writing space
It really helps to get your head in the zone when you’re in a familiar space. Having a clean, dedicated area is a great way to declutter your mind in general, so using it to write will enable you to concentrate more and be more productive. So if you have a space in your room at your disposal make sure to clear it and only have your essential writing tools there, whatever they may be. Any distractions need to go!
3. Break your goals down
Breaking down your current goal into smaller, more manageable tasks will help you reach the end goal at a more linear rate. It also makes it easier to track your overall progress relative to time and encourage yourself to work in a steady flow; we all know there’s nothing worse then waiting until a day before the deadline to realise you have half the project still to go! So if you’ve set yourself 30,000 words? That’s around 7500 a week, which can be broken down into less than 1080 words a day. Sounds much less intimidating!
4. Establish a routine
Setting yourself a routine will improve your productivity in the long term. Maybe aim to get into work half an hour early to write for 30 minutes before you start the work day? Or perhaps dedicate 30 minutes after you get in from work to write before you have dinner? Forming good habits is difficult at first but so worth it, even when Camp NaNoWriMo is over!
5. Have a plan
Having your plot outlined already is probably the best way you can prepare. An outline will guide you through your writing in a much more fluid way, meaning you won’t have to panic-write and throw words at a page hoping they’ll stick! Plus, less stressing over your plot means more time to focus on your writing and therefore your goal for Camp NaNoWriMo. And if you don’t have an outline, don’t stress! Maybe you can make that part of your goal for Camp NaNoWriMo!
Anyone else really excited to get stuck in?!
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