Surviving NaNo

Today is the first day of NaNo 2014!  I hope you have your novels prepped, and your word count already creeping up!  I am sitting at around 2k right now, and hope to get at least a thousand more before bed.  That said I figured I would share a few thoughts on making it out the other side, with your completed 50k!

First things first, have some ideas for your story.  Now, I am not saying you need to have this beautifully laid out plot, oh no! I am just saying, have some possibilities lined up.  I am a pantser all the way, and I never know what why my story is going to turn, but I do lay out some possibilities as I get started to help the words keep flowing.

Keep going and don’t look back!  Do I mean you shouldn’t look at what you have already done at all? No, but it is best if you look at it as little as possible to keep that inner editor locked up.  With that in mind, remember not to erase words, use strike-through, or have a different area to keep the words you no longer want to use.  You don’t want to loose hard earned word counts!

Heap the words on at the front end!  Sure you may think you have a whole month, but things come up, not to mention Thanksgiving floating around towards the end of the month.  Take time in the beginning while you are still excited to hammer away at more words.  Not only will it build the excitement that much more, but you will find yourself less stressed about the challenge and more apt to win!

 

Well, there you have a few things I try to use to make my way through NaNo.  What about you?  What are your tips and tricks for making it through NaNo and coming out the other side?!?  Please share!

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