How’s NaNoWriMo going for everyone? If you’re like most, you may be significantly behind because, let’s face it, it’s hard to write 50,000 words in one month. Today I’ve gathered some of my favorite tips to boost your writing, not only during NaNoWriMo, but any day when you need help getting some words down on paper.
Find your most productive writing time
There are two types of people in the world. Morning people and night people. If you’re a morning person, think about waking up an hour earlier to write before school or work. If you’re a night person, make sure you set time aside later in the day. Try to write around the same time every day and make it a habit.
Figure out what bad habits are distracting you
Take note of the little things that are stopping you from getting things done every day. Let’s face it, we all have some pretty bad habits. I get distracted by videos on Facebook, so when it’s time to write I put my phone on the other side of the room so I have no choice but to write.
Find a dedicated writing spot
Like writing the same time every day, you’ll want to make a habit of writing in the same spot every day so when it comes time to sit and write you know it’s time to get to work. This tip doesn’t work for everyone. In fact, some people have an easier time writing in new locations. That’s why you’ll find writers in cafe’s a lot.
Write down your goals
Figure out your writing goal for the day and write it down in your writing notebook or planner. Countless studies have shown that writing goals down make it more likely that you’ll accomplish them. Why? Well, writing down that you have a goal is the first step to accomplishing a goal.
Read what you wrote the day before
Just because you wrote the scene the other day doesn’t mean you’ll remember it all. Get into the writing mode by re-reading what you wrote the day before.
Write a quick summary
This may sound odd, but I’ve found it helps to write a quick and short paragraph going into a very brief overview of the scenes you’d like to write that day. By pre-planning what you’ll write that day, you’ll find you’ll have an easier time getting the words down.
The 10-minute rule
This is great for the days you don’t feel like writing. Look at the clock when you start writing and tell yourself you have to write for at least ten minutes. By the time the ten minutes have passed you should have gotten into the swing of things and you’ll want to continue.
Give yourself a reward
Every time you hit your daily word count goal you should give yourself a small reward. I like to reward myself by reading whatever book I’m carrying around that day, or if I’m having a stressful day, just watch Netflix and let myself vegetate for a while.
Always have a notebook
Inspiration can strike any moment, so make sure you have a notebook to write it down. I get a lot of ideas when I’m at work so I like to pull out my notebook really quick to write it down before I start working again. They key is to never turn your writing brain off all the way. Try to go through scenes in your head when you’re stuck in traffic or eating lunch. Sometimes it’s easier to come up with ideas when you don’t have the pressure of a keyboard in front of you.
That’s it for today’s blog post! Have any tips to write more that I haven’t covered? Mention them in the comments below!