Guest Post: Five Tips For Surviving NaNoWriMo15:29
Today we have a post from our third guest poster of the month. Sophie is a three time NaNoWriMo winner, and today she's going to be sharing the top five things which help her during NaNo. If you've missed the other posts in this series, you can find them all here.
I’ve been doing NaNoWriMo every year since I was ten, which makes this my fourth NaNoWriMo. In that time I’ve discovered several things that always help me have a successful month. Maybe they’ll help you too. Here are my top five tips to surviving NaNoWriMo:
1. Write with someone. It doesn’t matter whether I’m word warring or just writing at my own pace, having someone else writing at the same time as me always encourages me to write more.
2. Listen to music while you write. I like to listen to music that suits the scene I’m writing. My favourite kind of writing music is fast paced because my fingers try to keep up and I write faster. Of course not, everyone likes to write with music playing, and that’s ok too.
3. Take breaks every so often. A break helps clear my head. Don’t take too long a break though, because otherwise it’s hard to get back to the swing of writing. I like to set the amount of time I’m allowed to take a break for so that I know when I have to start writing again.
4. Close off other programs. If I have the internet or a game open while I’m writing I find myself getting distracted. Closing off all other programs helps me focus on my book only.
5. Set certain times in the day for writing. I have certain times of day that I always write in. Knowing I have a set time of day pushes me to sit down and actually get started.
I hope these tips help you with your NaNoWriMo, and that your month is going well. Do you have any tips to add? Leave them in a comment below!
Sophie is a teenaged writer and blogger from Australia. She likes making videos, reading, writing, taking photos, and designing blogs. You can find her at The Techno Maid, where she blogs about books, her life, and other amazing things.