We are half way through NaNoWriMo and if you are like me you looked at your word count today. That all encompassing number that is supposed to tell what an amazing job you’re doing. I hope that your number is all you hoped it would be, but for some of us we have a bit of catching up to do.
The task of another 15 days can seem daunting. I don’t know about you, but I lost my drive on page 95, well, maybe a bit sooner. So how do we gear up for another 15 days of NaNo Olympics?
3 NaNoWriMo Tips To Keep You Going:
*Get Into The Holiday Mood With A Turkey. In bowling a turkey is three strikes in a row. The best possible score for one ball. How can you challenge yourself to throw a turkey? Pick three days in a row where you will add 1/4 extra of your word goal to your total. So, if your goal is 1,000 words a day you would make three days in a row’s goal 1,250 a day.
Why? Because when the Holidays and Black Friday come around next week, it will be hard to be dedicated. The extra word count will help you stay on track.
*Do A Dart Board Dare. Put your word goal as the center color of a dart board. Going out from there, add fifty words a ring with one that is less that your goal by 50 words next to the highest word count. Throw a dart and do the number of words you pick. NO, IT IS NOT THE BEST TWO OUT OF THREE!
This strategy may sound a bit silly, but it gives you a bit of unexpected fun. Making NaNoWriMo a bit of an adventure is more fun. Want to really make it awesome, challenge your spouse by assigning them one of the rings to pick up an extra chore or make supper. This can help build in an accountability partner.
*Cover All Bingo Your NaNo. Take your goal for each week and add 25% more words. On a square the size of a bingo card place number of words in each square so that the total adds up to 125% of your goal. Through out the week as you complete a number of words cross out that square. If you cover the whole square in a week, reward yourself with something fun.
NaNoWriMo is a challenge, but YOU CAN DO THIS! Mix things up. Make it fun. Then maybe you won’t have to say when it is all over, “I lost my drive on page 95.”
What are somethings you do to make NaNoWriMo Fun?