There are approximately one bazillion NaNoWriMo advice posts out there. But, here’s mine.
- Don’t let numbers stress you out. New words still equal new words. Whether you hit your daily goal or not.
- Find the joy in it. If you aren’t happy writing that scene, write another. I’m writing the scenes I WANT to write this NaNo. I’ll add in connective tissue later.
- Walk, exercise, drive around, stare out a window. Something to let your brain breathe. I know that when I give my brain a break for a bit that I can focus better and write more.
- Drink tea. Or coffee. Or Diet Coke. Whatever it is that makes you happy.
- Plot or pants. Outline or not. Just write.
- DO NOT IMMEDIATELY QUERY AGENTS WHEN YOU FINISH YOUR DRAFT.
- DO NOT IMMEDIATELY QUERY AGENTS WHEN YOU FINISH YOUR DRAFT. That one needed repeating because it’s one of the most important. I started a NaNo novel in 2011. Now, I took some time off (sometimes a couple of years) but I am still revising that novel. Take some time away from the draft. Let it sit in your brain and percolate there. But, DO NOT QUERY THIS DRAFT RIGHT NOW.
- And this one I stole from Mary Kole who wrote the book Writing Irresistible Kidlit. “Write for your reader self and not your writer self.”
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