Yep, another year has flown by and National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is once again upon us. I’ve updated my writing goal calendar for 2016, you can find the PDF links bellow. The generally accepted recommendation is to do 1667 words per day, while this is a great target generally, I find that Nano starts like a fire spurted with gasoline, the flame bursts to life and burns hard and fast at the beginning of the month, but, burns out just as fast. People often loose the passion that inspired them in the beginning and this is when failure sets in.
I find the best approach is to go with the souped-up fire, get as many words out in that first week, let it cool just a little by the second, with a few catchup days at the end of the week, because life will inevitably get in the way of your best laid plans. By the third week you will be cruising along, still with enough energy as you come out of the weekend, maybe with a few hundred extra words up your sleeve. Hopefully you’ve given yourself a little wiggle room which makes those last weeks a breeze with a thousand or fewer words a day dwindling down to practically nothing on those last days when your enthusiasm and energy are flagging towards oblivion.
This is what I’m hoping to do based on the reality that is currently my life – Tracey’s 2016 NaNo Goal
This is the usual recommendation of 1667 words per day – 1,667 words per day
And this is the hardcore, go strong right out of the gate – Go strong, or go home
And just in case you want your own blank form to print out – Blank
I also highly recommend having a plan, if not a completed outline for your novel, but then, I’m not a pantser, I find it waists a great deal of time, energy, and more importantly, words at the beginning of a project.