NaNoWriMo has begun and here is my NaNoWriMo Survival Plan, just in time! Late last night there were many writers waiting impatiently for midnight to strike in their region so they could begin their word count. I am not a night owl so I waited until this morning to start my project. So, the clock has started and we are in for a wild ride that will wear us out but will be completely worth the effort.
Pace yourself through the month as much as possible. While some people claim to thrive on procrastination, I don't recommend it. There are other ways to spark your imagination, like arguing with yourself and recording it. Sure, your family and friends will question your sanity but what great writers haven't been questioned?
None of us are in this alone and don't forget the great forums on the NaNoWriMo website. I hope my NaNoWriMo Survival Plan will get you through the month with your wits attached. Around the middle of the month is when a lot of writers begin to loose heart. That's when my NaNoWriMo Survival tips kick into high gear and tell you what you need to hear in order to keep going.
I scoured the Web last year in search of advice and support for NaNoWriMo. The NaNo forums were the best but I still needed that concentrated punch of “Go get 'em!” directed at me everyday. That is why I put this Survival Plan together. Sort of as a note to my future self to not give up or get discouraged.
I've shared my NaNoWriMo 2015 experience in some of my other posts. If you have read those, you will know that last year my key characters held a coup d'etat and took my story in a very different direction than I had planned. These things happen. This year, if you find yourself in a similar situation, there are tips in my NaNoWriMo Survival Plan that will get you through the madness.
Have fun this year with NaNo and don't pressure yourself to be perfect. So what if you miss a word count one day. Just start fresh the next day and do as much as you can. You will find that some days are better than others for writing. Take advantage of those good days and don't sweat the bad ones.
And remember: “A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.” Steve Martin