One massive part of having a successful NaNoWriMo is creating the perfect schedule. One that is tailored to your daily life and allows you to write the most words each day. To do so, however, you need to ask yourself a few questions to create that “perfect schedule” and here are some of those questions:
- Are you a morning, afternoon, or night person? – When are you most awake and productive? That is the time you should spend writing so you don’t waste time trying to write during a time when you aren’t really productive.
- How long do you want to write for? – Are short sprints or longer sessions more beneficial for you? This is really important for getting the most amount of words out of each day. You also don’t want to overwrite or underwrite yourself.
- Do you want to set a timer for each writing session or just go with the flow? – Personally, I do about 20-30 minute writing sprints so I set a timer, but sometimes at night if I’ve gotten most of my words in for the day, I just let myself write until I want to stop.
- Are you walking into each writing session blind, or are you going to try and have an outline for each day? – I am more of a panster than a plotter, but sometimes having a loose outline/idea for each writing day really helps make sure you don’t go off track, thus making each writing day a bit easier.
- How many days a week are you writing? – 7 days? 2 days? 5 days? Personally, I try to aim for 6 days because then I am giving myself an entire day off to just relax and recharge. I’m able to do this because I am for higher word counts each day though!
- When will you schedule in “you time”? – This is super important in order to avoid creative burnout. The last thing you need during NaNoWriMo is to lose the motivation to write, so make sure you take time for yourself. That can mean a little bit each day or an entire day. Whatever works for you.
- How will you make up for missed writing days? – Sometimes life happens, so how will you make up for those missed words? How many words will you add to each writing session, or will you write on your day off that week? It’s important to know this so you don’t freak out when you can’t write one day!
Those are some questions to ask yourself when creating your perfect writing schedule and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post, as well as my social media account linked down below. Thanks 🙂
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