NaNoWriMo Week 2
Holy cow, here we are at NaNoWriMo Week 2! Man what fun this has been. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a challenge even as I’m above the days target (I’m at 33k, yesterday’s target was 20k). It’s difficult enough to meet your word goal for the day, whether that’s the 1,667 you need to make it to 50,000 by the end of the month or a different number you set for yourself according to what works best for you. But even once you’ve got the numbers under your belt there’s story to worry about. If your issue is writing every day then keep going, keep telling yourself to make time, even if it’s just 10 minutes a day. Heck try some word sprints you might be surprised what you come up with. If that doesn’t work then work on some writing prompts. You can find writing prompts all over the place, including the link above for word sprints. But for fun and to help you, me, and everyone I’m going to start creating some weekly writing prompts to help.
If you’re good at making time every day but having trouble getting the numbers maybe let’s start by asking yourself what you are writing. If you wrote 1,000 words instead of 1,667 a day is your story still moving forward? Would it benefit from more words? Or is it moving pretty good without the need for more words? If you think you need to step up the pace then try the link above to the word wars and sprints page. You’ll more than likely get more words out then you expected. I did several rounds last night and kicked the day’s goal out of the park because I had so much fun competing with myself and everyone else. Word prompts will help you get your numbers up too. If you’re writing is linear than switch it up; move to a scene somewhere else in the book, a scene you already know has to happen and flesh it out. If you’re already writing all over the place well then try a straight line. Or go back to a scene you already wrote and add to the beginning or end of it, or both! But whatever you do don’t give up just because NaNoWriMo Week 2 is wearing you thin. It might well happen but what you need to know is that when you get over a hump you most often experience exhilaration and that makes that hill worth it.
Let’s use that as a writing prompt of sorts. Write about a struggle, a problem, predicament, challenge, what have you that one of your characters is going through and how he/she gets through it, beats it, overcomes and what happens next. How do they feel? What are they going to tackle now? What is the overall effect that had on them and their personal growth? How does that effect their relationships? Their work?
Tips for Word Sprints: If you’re typing (and you’ve got a thing against typos) as long as you know what you meant to say/write don’t go back to fix the typo until after the sprint is over. I often can’t help but delete delete delete back until I get to the typo to fix it, it’s a pet peeve. However in the midst of a word sprint that’s going to hurt your progress. Another tip is think about what you want to write before you begin the sprint. This doesn’t mean write it down and essentially cheat by retyping it for the sprint. Just do some brainstorming, think of the scene you want to write and the main points your character(s) need to hit on. You’ll likely find when you do this that you’ve got enough material to do several word sprints. Even if you’re not a fast writer/typist keep going with your scene and the sprints. If that means competing mostly with yourself then heck yeah!
What about you, what are your tips for NaNoWriMo Week 2 2017 and writing in general?