Let’s start with a NaNoWriMo Prayer:
As a NaNoWriMo virgin, I am using this year’s National Novel Writing Month to get the novel together that I’ve been mulling over for 6 years. It’s about time I get this thing down on paper! But writing over 1600 words per day and 50,000 words in one month seems like a pretty daunting task. To keep myself motivated, I’ve been searching for tips and tricks that veteran NaNoWriMo’ers have used, and I’ve compiled these here so that we can all use them as motivation. I have written down my ultimate goal on a sticky note and stuck it in every place I can see: bedroom/bathroom mirrors, refrigerator, computer, work cubicle…it says “Get it down on paper.” A goal in 5 words or less. I challenge you to come up with your own goal in 5 words or less and use it as motivation throughout the month of November. I’ve heard that the third and fourth weeks are pretty rough Post your goals in comments!
Here are some tools and motivators to help get you in the zone:
You Tube Video Spoofs:
These two NaNoWriMo parody music videos are my favorite, but you can visit the You Tube channel here to find more.
NaNoWriMo Motivational Calendars:
Again, these are just a few of my favorites. Check out Deviant Art to find more.
And now, some motivational pictures and quotes:
Finally, something very useful: an Excel Spreadsheet from S.M. Worth to help you keep track of your progress throughout the month. Great for any project!
And, of course, anyone who decides to participate belongs with me here in Writing Wonderland:
Follow my progress on NaNoWriMo! You can also follow the official NaNoWriMo blog, which is run by The Office of Letters and Light, the nonprofit organization that runs NaNoWriMo. I will also post twice during the month of November to keep you updated on my progress. Feel free to comment here with your own motivational techniques!