3 Tips To NaNoWriMo Success In Week One

Photo by Jose Bernalte

Photo by Jose Bernalte

Have you gone NaNoNuts yet?

NaNoWriMo is exhilarating, terrifying, and exhausting all at the same time. The journey is just beginning to your thirty-day novel. No time to slow down to question your sanity.

Staying on track to success in week one is not as easy as it might seem. There are all those words left to be written and it may seem insurmountable, but you can do this. Here are a few ways to get help:

3 Tips To NaNoWriMo Success In Week One:

*Focus only on this week. At the beginning the word count seems too high for success. Don’t look at the total word count. Just look at this week. Accomplish what needs to be done in this time block to avoid panic and wasted time fretting. Narrow it down even more by focusing only on one day. NaNoWriMo is really made up of 30 one-day adventures. Frame it that way in your mind.

*Plan little snippets of time for leisure. Even when you are writing a ton of words in a short time, you still need to make space for a relaxing break. Fifteen minutes here and there may revitalize your creativity and keep you sane even from the beginning. Take a walk, listen to music, take a bubble bath, whatever makes you feel refreshed.

*Write a quote of the week on a note card and post it by your writing area. Find an inspirational quote that you are encouraged by to keep you going throughout the week. Look on line, or write a few thoughts from your favorite mentor to look at when things get tough. Read it to yourself a few times a day as a reminder.

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What have you tried to help you get through week one of NaNoWriMo with success?



About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

4 thoughts on “3 Tips To NaNoWriMo Success In Week One

  1. love the photo! Feel like that sometimes. I’m not doing Nano, but find the tips helpful!

  2. dtopliff says:

    Yes, I’ve done Nano, not this year, but am clearing the decks of all minor demands and assignments to be rid of guilty thoughts that niggle so I can get back into the writing I’m now quite eager to do. And I’m almost there. Yes, good tips.

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