I didn’t think I could write 50,000 words in a month during the 2017 NaNoWriMo but I did.
For the benefit of those who don’t know what NaNo is all about, all I can say is that it’s a craze and adrenaline pumping period writers go through every November of every year to write 50,000 words of their novels.
You can read more about it here. 2017 was my first time of entering and my first win too. I went in with the doubt that I might not be able to complete the challenge with my full-time job, a family with a hubby and four kids and of course my side business; coaching.
However, I made up my mind to do it anyway. If I didn’t complete the challenge, no big deal, right? I would know that I did do it with no regrets.
I surprised myself by completing my 50,000 words on the 29th day of November. It was exhilarating.
And you can achieve this too. Here’s how:
- Read about the program and prepare your mind to go all in. No negative thoughts and no half ways.
- Add buddies onto your platform and mostly those that have completed the challenge before to use them as motivations.
- Ensure to show up each day and write 1667 words per day. Sometimes, you might not meet up the word count while you might overshoot the word count on other days. Know that it’s okay.
- Keep your eyes on the prize of completing the first draft of your book and winning NaNoWriMo.
I assure that if you implement the above strategies, it’s possible for you to reach the finish line.
Let’s recap; prep your mind on what’s ahead by reading up, scout for accountability buddies to encourage you along the way, show up daily and visualise the prize waiting for you at the end.
Have you ever entered for NaNo? And if yes, what were your game changers?