Even though I’m not doing NaNoWriMo this year I thought I’d try to help those of you who are with some tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years.

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The best way to write 50,000 words in 30 days is to write at least 1667 words every single day. Depending on your writing habits, this might be a tall order. I can pump out that many words in about an hour and a half if I’m in the perfect environment of no distractions and the words are flowing nicely. It is unlikely I could have that many perfect days 30 times in a row.

So what do you do? How do you write so many words in one day?

You make the time. The perfect day will not come to you. You will very rarely find your self all alone, without any obligations and brimming with words. So you have to create that situation as best you can. You need to break down your daily routine and find every extra minute you have to squeeze in a little writing. You have to be willing to wake up early or stay up late. Convince, or pay, someone to do the housework for you. Take a day off from the day job (if you can). Do whatever it takes to get those 1667 words in.

And if you’re having a hard time doing the daily word count, then plan on spending entire Saturday’s in front of your computer. Say you can only do 1000 words every week day. That means you’ll need to spend Saturday and Sunday making up those 6669 words you missed, which equals about 3300 words a day. And maybe that will work for you.

Either way, writing as much as you possibly can everyday will be very helpful. Whether you write 500 words/day or 5000, as long as you get to 50,000 words by November 30th, that’s all that matters.

So keep on writing NaNo-ers! YOU CAN DO IT!

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