Hello everyone! So, on April 1st, Camp Nanowrimo began! It is very exciting and I am using When D Strikes as my story. (My goal is 20,000 words since I started a little late.) I really encourage you to join if you're an aspiring writer. Tip: If you started late, you should use a story that you have already started!
Go check out their website and join!! Make sure you are commited before you start though, it is a complicated process to get your goal before April 30th. They also have another camp in July and an official one in November.
Note: These tips are also good for any other writing exercise! I can use some of these for school and studying as well!!
1. Set up a time for writing.
I personally try writing two chapters every day, at least 300 words in total, if more, great! I usually write an hour after I get home, as much as possible.
You can set up hour for writing, or just write whenever you can! Jot down some sentences on the bus, or during your free time, whenever! It all counts.
2. Plan a little bit.
You don't have to go all out and plan every single little detail, just a little bit.
After I write my two chapters, I start planning out the next two, the details and new characters and everything. It helps.
Even if you have some little ideas during the day, jot them down in a notebook! It all adds up. Pocket sized notebooks are great to carry around with a little pen.
3. Keep it up.
Don't ever give up. You can do it, I KNOW you can.
If you can't think of anything, take a step away from the computer, notebook, or whatever. Breathe. Give yourself some space. It works, trust me, the ideas start flowing in, smooth as peanut butter.
4. Word sprint, and don't stop until you run out of ideas.
After that little breather, grab your pencil or put your hands on that keyboard and TYPE. Go go go!! Don't stop, just keep going and don't delete anything, you can review later.
When you run out of ideas, take another breather and repeat that process. Just word sprint your way to 50,000 words! Nanowrimo even hosts word sprints which you should definitely participate in.
5. Use that "Stats" page.
Once you make your account, you should most definetly update your word count, always. And once you do that, check out that Stats page! (Find it under Camper Profile)
Use that to help you figure out how many words you need to write everyday!
Also, use that "You Will Finish On" to see if you need to up your game and try writing the "Average Words Needed To Finish On Time" everyday (or more to save the stress)
I hope you got some tips from this and be sure to check out Camp Nanowrimo and get writing! (www.campnanowrimo.org)