If your intentions for NaNoWriMo are to try it out and not worry about word count, then this post might not apply to you. Otherwise, if you want to reach the end with +50K, here’s the best (blunt) advice I have, and it has little to do with writing.
Plan or pants or do something in-between for your novel, but when it comes to your life in November—PLAN. This will be my fifth NaNo, and while I acknowledge the unexpected arises, being caught by what you could have averted or allowed for isn’t a viable excuse.
*I’ve actually heard this: I was doing really good and would have made it, but then we took a family vacation for a week and I couldn’t catch up. You mean that vacation you planned months ago? Sorry, no. Don’t put it on the family. You should have bumped your average up to 2174/day starting on Day1 to compensate or accepted you wouldn’t be able to reach 50K. I hate math, but this is easy stuff.
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