There are many things that you could do as a writer to prepare
yourself for the July NaNoWriMo. It is no different than any other
writing endeavour that you commit to. The important part is to commit
yourself to this and to work until you get your goal accomplished.
As I mentioned yesterday, the overall word count can be fluid and
vary with this challenge. All you have to do is to make up your mind
and write each and every day for a certain amount of time. But how can
you prepare yourself to do this emotionally and psychologically. Here
are a few tips:
1. Make sure that you tell all of your family members that you will
be undergoing this challenge and make sure that your family members
honour your time at your desk.
2. You may want to set a specific time every day to do your writing.
Keep it consistent. That way your family may eventually understand
when you go to your desk during these times. Consistency is the key.
3. You may want to create a time when you’re alone and most of
your family is either away or asleep. For myself, I LOVE writing first
thing in the morning. When I participated in the NaNoWriMo in
November, I woke up two hours before others family members did.
That way I did a LOT of writing before they even woke up.
4. Plot your progress on a chart close to where you are working. This
will motivate you to continue. At the end of the day, mark your
progress in terms of words or pages. At the end of the week, tally up
your overall progress. It will really make you feel good and every time
you enter your office to write, you will be reminded of how successful
you can be.
Hopefully, some of these pointers will help you to keep your goals in
line with your motivations and overall successes.
~ Happy Writing,