Many will think the task of writing 50,000 words in a month is highly impossible, but it is possible, millions can contest to that.  The most useful strategy that can help you in completing this challenge is to NOT edit yourself while writing your story. Though that is NaNoWriMo’s biggest strategy, there are others.

First, I will like to touch on the idea of limiting yourself. The standard daily word limit that one should try to reach is 1,667 words. This may seem like a lot, but in actuality, it can be done in one or two hours, depending on how fast you type.  It’s approximately two and a half pages single-spaced. Think of this as the last-minute essay that you’ve been procrastinating on, and you will have your 1,667 words in no time.

Danielle Thuen, the NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison for Macon and Warner Robins, suggested that it would be a great idea to try to go beyond the 1,667 words word limit due to the fact that everyone needs some sort of down time. For example, Thanksgiving is approaching fast. If you are ahead of schedule, you will be able to take that day off and spend it with family and relax.

Secondly, you can always take ideas from your favorite stories. This does not mean that you should plagiarize in any way, shape, or form. This is a suggestion that you take what you like about the text (how it unravels, the way characters make choices, the way the author seems to go into great details, etc.) and apply it to your style of writing. Find key phrases that you will like to work into your novel. You can place them into a character’s dialogue with a best friend, interpret them into some character’s description, or internalize the phrase into a thought. There are plenty of useful phrases that one can use in their novels, and November is the time to get inspired by your favorite classes, movies, books and television shows.

Finally (and I cannot stress this enough) do NOT edit during the month. All rough drafts are bad and need work. If you believe that your first draft is going to be typed by the hands of God, I’m sorry to burst your bubble, but that will never be the case. The time for editing will come on December 1st and the days (and months) that follow, after you already have your words written down. This will help you with your writing skills and your editing skills in the long run. Just think how easily you’ll be able to write that last minute essay, and edit it to perfection so your prof will never know! Following these tips will ensure that you accomplish the goal of typing 50,000 words in a month.

Again, if you are in need of support, and in the Macon/Warner Robins area, you can join Danielle and other Wrimos at Golden Bough Book Store every Saturday during November at noon for the weekly Write In sessions.

And as always, The Dulcimer staff will help you out! Look for our tips and daily inspirations throughout the month. Happy writing, Wrimos!

Post By: Vernon Scott

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