I don’t usually do this given that I kind of started ROW80 as a protest against NaNoWriMo, but I know we always have a bunch of folks who participate in both, and we will inevitably acquire some new folks after NaNo ends. I’m even NaNoing myself this year (though on my own terms, not shooting for 50k in a month). So I started rounding up NaNo Survival Advice.
Larry Brooks has a post a day from last year’s NaNo to help motivate you through.
And here’s a whole archive of past NaNo pep talks by famous authors.
Wisdom of James Scott Bell on the issue: http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2012/10/how-to-write-novel-in-month.html#.UH7DG8WHL7P
I am a particular fan of
5. Make it your goal to begin each day with a “furious 500.”
8. Write a 200 word nightcap.
These last two are something I think we ROWers could easily adapt to our own goals. Maybe we’re starting the day with a furious 50 (because, DUDE, caffeine!) and ending with 100 word nightcap–but that’s still an extra 1050 words a week on top of what we’re already working on.
This is just my informal roundup of stuff that’s flown by on my twitter stream. Feel free to chime in and add your advice in the comments! And even if you’re not NaNoing in the style they expect, remember that there’s nothing wrong with checking out the NaNo events in your area and taking part in the fevered frenzy to boost your own productivity at whatever level you can manage!