How To Beat NaNoWriMo7:00 AM
I bet you clicked on this thinking you'd get help for surviving NaNoWriMo 2015.
You thought wrong.
It comes around once a year. The dreaded and/or beloved (usually both) NaNoWriMo. You probably heard about it at some time in your writerly life and thought, "those people are insane."
And then you joined anyway because why not.
As a writer, I love NaNo. I live for NaNo. It takes forever and then all of a sudden October rolls around and you realize that next month is the month. NaNo month. A month of typing and wrist injuries and chocolate and coffee and too many words and a story you'll hate halfway through and countless word wars with people just as sleepy as you are and celebrating and crying. You're writing 50k in a month. You have to be a special kind of person to look at that and volunteer, not to mention spend the rest of the year waiting for November to come back.
I've done NaNo three years in a row and won two of them, so I'm pretty experienced with the way this insanity works. So whether you're a first-time NaNo-er or you failed last year or you've done it before but you're still rightly nervous because you know what you're getting into, I'm here to give you a quick pep-talk on how to get out of the wild ride that is NaNoWriMo alive and sane.
Actually, no I'm not. That's not going to happen.
There will be tears by the time NaNo is over. It's inevitable. Brace yourself for it, stock up on tissues and chocolate, and don't be shocked when it happens. Excited now? Don't worry. That'll all pass soon.
2. LOVE THAT STORY
Because trust me, you're going to want to hate it somewhere around Day 16 when your plot is in a thousand broken pieces around your shoes.
You will need chocolate for this also.
3. DON'T BOTHER PLANNING
Just type. Any plan you have will inevitably go the wrong way, so you might as well just wing it and have more fun. (I say this as an extreme panster so everything I plan tends to screw up anyway, but whatever.)
4. CRY WITH YOUR FRIENDS
They'll be feeling the same pain, trust me. Stick with your buddies through this difficult time and most of you will probably emerge from your Word documents at the end of the month.
5. MAKE TIME
Yes, 50k is a lot to write in one month.
That time isn't going to come out of nowhere. Wake up early. Stay up late. Write during any breaks you might have. Make it happen. I'm not a fan of waiting for inspiration to strike in any kind of writing anytime, but this especially applies now. Sit down and write daily. Make it a thing.
6. DON'T. EDIT.
Hello, fellow perfectionists.
DON'T DO THE THING.
7. GO INSANE
It's going to happen by Day 20 anyway, so you might as well let it happen when it happens. Write away. Don't worry about that sanity of yours, or what people will say when they find you talking to yourself -- excuse me, your characters.
8. GET RID OF THAT SOCIAL LIFE
This is my final point and hahaha, it doesn't even matter, because NaNo itself will take care of this little problem. You'll be stumbling out of your room at the end of November, blinking at the sunlight and saying hi to the people who knew you before because they hardly remember your face.
To sum it up: NaNo is awesome.
And there are no survivors.
Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year?