5 Things That May Get You through NaNoWriMo

in comedy •  10 months ago 

NaNoWriMo (or National Novel Writing Month) is an annual event where you take the month of November to write a story that’s 50,000 words long, the equivalent of a good-sized novel.

This is a big task, so here are five things that may help you get through NaNoWriMo:

  1. Buy A Water Clock

As the name implies, this clock pours water on you to wake you up. Sometimes, especially after a long writing session the night before, you need a little extra motivation to get up in the morning.

  1. Schedule Bribing

Hire a friend or roommate to bribe you with chocolate for every chapter you finish.

  1. Try the Locker Strategy

They say desperation breeds productivity, and nothing will make you more desperate than this option. Convince someone to lock you in a closet with just your laptop. No one lets you out for any reason until the laptop battery runs out or you finish the book.

  1. Visualize Spy Thriller Situations

Pretend you’re the main character in a spy thriller and the nuclear weapon (there's always at least one of those in the plot) will go off unless you finish the first draft.

  1. Work through the Pain

As you work, tell yourself the following: “if you can feel your fingers bleeding on the keyboard, you’re not moving fast enough yet.”

If need be, write this message on a notepad and tape it to your computer.

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