I’ve never done NaNo before, but doesn’t mean I can’t help, right? This week, I’m posting some tips to help you write 50K+ in November! (Sure, you could just Google it, but then I don’t have anything to post on this week :P ) You can see Part 1 here.
Competitions with friends: If you’re like me, you like to win. Even if you’re not competitive, having a writing competition with your friends can be a great way to boost your word count. You can race each other to 1K, or see how many words you can get down in ten minutes.
Skip the hard bits: 50K is a lot to get down in 30 days, so you need to getting down as many words as you can in each writing session. To maximise your words, you may need to skip the chapters that you find boring, that need a lot of research, or will slow you down in any way. Don’t forget, you can go back in December to write what you missed.
Simple tricks: There are simple things you can do to expand on your total. Hyphenated words count as only a single word, so don’t hyphenate a word if you don’t have to. You should also spell out any numbers too. Instead of writing 123, write “one hundred and twenty three”. That’s four bonus words! Contractions are a no-no in NaNoWriMo. “Don’t” = bad, “do not” = good. “Haven’t” = bad, “have not” = good.
Good luck NaNoers!