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IWSG: Some Tips for Surviving (and Winning) NaNoWriMo

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Happy first Wednesday of the month fellow IWSGers, and happy National Novel Writing Month!

I’ve done NaNoWriMo several times at this point. I’ve won, I’ve lost, I’ve deleted all of my progress on day 15 and had to HUSTLE to get to 50k before the deadline.

As someone who has written ~120k in a February, 50k spread out over 30 days isn’t as daunting of a task for me as it may feel to other people.

The thing I, personally, struggle with when it comes to that 50k is having the focus to make sure they’re all from the same book.





1. Take it seriously… but not too seriously.

Writing fiction can be a special kind of torture. Writing on a deadline is it’s own beast. So the most important thing, when it comes to NaNo is that you take it seriously. There are some people who can throw out 50k on a whim. And there are others who get tangled up in their work and spend a lot of time staring at a blank page.

I will point out that staring at a blank page is a completely valid part of writing. Thinking…