For the past two years I’ve done the July session of Camp Nanowrimo, and this year I’m actually on track to achieving my word count goal. I thought I’d share the three rules I’ve followed that have gotten me this far, and hopefully they can help you too.
1. Make sure that you have everything you need.
The second thing that you need is time scheduled for working on your project. I know that every night between midnight and five in the morning I’m going to get my writing for the day done. My time frame allows for all of the time I’ll inevitably waste on the internet before I actually start to write, so you might only need an hour or so. Having a solid period of writing time when you won’t be interrupted makes it so much easier to get things done.
2. Don't be afraid of unplanned ideas.
3. Give yourself a break!
I can’t tell you how many days I’ve gone without writing a single word. The lack of progress can get a bit daunting, but it’s very possible to make up for it. I’m supposed to be writing about 800 words a day, but a few 1500 word days have helped me to stay on track even after slacking off for a few days. Don’t beat yourself up for not writing, because that just makes going back to your work even more stressful that it already is! Let yourself have bad days, and then congratulate yourself for the days that you get twice as much done.
Following these tips should definitely help you win Camp Nanowrimo. Still, I’m writing this post when I should be working on my project, so maybe I’m not the best person to take advice from!
Are you doing Camp Nanowrimo this month? What are you working on?