NaNoWriMo Prep: 30 Tips for Writing a Book in 30 Days Here are some tips if you are going to Nano.
The results were amazing. I forced myself to write with a new mindset (no editing, not even for misspellings), and the more I just let the words pour forth, the better my story became. It was easier to keep track of plot and I was able to delve deeper into my characters because I was spending time with them daily. I ended that first 30 days surpassing 50,000 words, and, despite hosting two major family holidays among other commitments, I used that momentum to complete the first draft of my 90,000-word thriller by early January. That novel has since been revised numerous times and is currently being read by four literary agents at top agencies considering it for representation.
The mindset is pretty important. No looking back. No editing. No changing. No, no, no. Just go forth and keep going. It does in fact work really well. But it does get you a pretty rough draft as well. Nevertheless, we all have rough drafts no matter what way we do it. Maybe not quite as rough, but still need a lot of processing regardless.
I am going to approach this Nano the same as last year, the only other year I did it. Other than actually working a bit on some outlining for a first time I am going to write when it is comfortable for and productive for me to write; At night. If I can get some word count done in the morning I will. But writing time will be reserved for writing and other times of day reserved for getting other things done I usually do in the night as well. Like image creation for my pages and so forth.