I’ve done NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo six times now. I haven’t won every time – I’m pretty sure it’s mostly fails. But I’ve learned a lot about how to win – or lose but still feel like you wrote well – NaNoWriMo. Read my other posts about NaNoWriMo here.
What Even is NaNoWriMo and How do I do It?
NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo are three different events that happen over the year. NaNoWriMo is during November, and Camp NaNoWriMo is in April and July. During NaNoWriMo, you write a novel over the month – setting a word count goal. The traditional goal is 50,000 but you can change it. If you are over thirteen years old, you can go to the NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo websites. If you are under thirteen years old, don’t worry! You can go to this website.
Tips for NaNoWriMo
Set a Goal That Works for You
Some people might want to write super long novels and that’s great! Some people might stick with the tradition of 50,000 words. I have never written a 50,000 word novel – my highest ever one was 21,000 words. And if you want to write a shorter novel, that’s totally fine. What matters is that you are writing – and you are also able to change your goal if you need to.
Set Daily Goals
You set a monthly goal. But then you have thirty days to write that, and maybe you start off by writing 200 words. But then it’s getting to the end of the month, and you aren’t at your goal. Set daily goals to fix that – it’s simple. Just divide your monthly goal by thirty. And it’s always okay to go over your goal!
Make the Perfect Writing Environment
It is really important to find or make the best writing environment. You could make a special writing fort, and supply it with your favorite snacks. Make sure to stay hydrated! You can also try writing in different environments, such as a library or park.
Motivate and Reward Yourself
Remember, writing should be fun. If it’s feeling tedious and boring, you could try rewarding yourself – like give yourself your favorite treat when you reach a important spot – you could bake cupcakes when you hit 10,000 words.
Have you ever done NaNoWriMo or Camp NaNoWriMo? What are your tips to do NaNoWriMo?