Now hold it right there, before you burn everything to the ground, take a deep breath. Stress, anxiety, meltdowns are rather common with NaNoWriMo, but fear not! We're here with some tips to help you breeze through November and hopefully, reach your goal.
Plan your month. You don't have to plan all of it, but at least get a grip of what you can and can't do as well as draft up some schedules, timelines, organize your time properly. You're gonna need those minutes
Track how you spend your time, see how much time you spend on social media. Approximately, you will need 2-3h of writing per day to get to your goal. So go, what ya waiting for? See which monster is devouring your precious minutes.
Tell your friends and family that you're doing NaNo. Maybe someone will be nice enough to cook you a meal or two or help you clean the house.
Get your priorities
right ( www.unfuckyourhabitat.com
), else you may end up shorting the very activities you need to help you stay un-stressed, energized and creative. Make a list of things that you're willing to give up during November (eg: cleaning, watching tv, etc).
Make sure you get enough sleep.
In whatever schedule you whip up for NaNo, make sure you have enough time to sleep. No one likes a grumpy, sleep-deprived mind, not even you.
Plan out your story. Maybe you like to start November with a full plot outline ready, or maybe you prefer winging things up, but having an idea where to start can help reduce your stress greatly.
My oh my, the dreaded journey has begun and the road is filled with so many monsters and temptations, but you're a strong fella, you can slay those fiends, right? right?
.Resist the urge to edit. Fight it with all your might, because once you start editing, the nightmare will never end. Let your imagination loose instead, your inner perfectionist can come back to polish your masterpiece after NaNo is over;
Write to the end, keep going, even if you're behind, even if there are entire parts you don't like, leave them be and move on. A lot of novels are way longer than 50k words, don't worry about all these missing details. You'll fill them out later.
Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. Writer's block is most common during Nano, so whenever you're having the urge to write, just do it, get that word count rising. You never know what might happen the next day.
Congratulations, you did it. You survived a full month, you can breathe a sigh of relief now, but your adventure isn't done, yet.
Keep those creative juices flowing, you spent a month working on your masterpiece, so don't lose the urge now. You might need a break, but keep writing afterward.
Don't be afraid to edit. It's time to fix all these little things that bugged the hell out of you, flesh the missing details and polish the first draft into a treasure and you're good to go.