NaNoWriMo 2020 Strategy

My NaNoWriMo plans and the tools I’ve been using to have a successful start.

Happy day 3 of NaNoWriMo! Hopefully, your projects are all going well and if they aren’t, that’s okay too.

So far, NaNoWriMo is going really well for me! I am a few hundred words behind but considering I haven’t been in a writing routine for a long time, the fact that I am only 500 or so words behind is impressive.

What am I writing this month?

This month, I am working on the novel version of Project Mystic, an Aztec mythology-inspired story that for the last while, I have been writing the novella version. However, I decided that after three years of working on this story, it is time to write the damn thing. I am going for the 50,000 word goal but that is more like the “oh, well it would be a bonus if” type of goal. Instead, I am focusing more on writing a good chunk of words every day. And some days, that just isn’t 1,667 words.

My new writing routine

Ever since I started working full-time and doing university part-time (and running my freelance business on the side too), I thrive off routine. However, I get suffocated when there is too much routine but somehow, I’ve found a great balance. For example, if I really don’t feel like writing or reading or doing some other hobby, I will make myself do it but only for 10 or so minutes. If I am still not feeling it by that 10-minute mark then I have learned it is better not to push it. Thankfully, reading and writing have been the only things I’ve wanted to do lately!

This writing routine most likely won’t stick around for long, but hopefully it will for the rest of NaNoWriMo because I am loving it! Like I said, I am not super strict on writing 1,667 words per day, but I am trying to get a solid amount done each day. With work and school, it is hard for me to find enough time to only sit down once and bang out all my writing in 30 minutes or an hour (like I used to). Instead, I have started breaking up my writing sessions into short sprints. This is something I used to do but then it stopped working but now it is back in full swing and has been working great.

Here’s a little insight to a normal day routine:

7:00 AM – Wakeup

7:30 AM – Write!

8:00 AM – Work

12:00 PM – Lunch

12:30 PM – Write!

1:00 PM – Work

4:00 PM – Finish Work & Take a Break

5:00 PM – School Work

6:00 PM – Eat Dinner

7:00 PM – School Work

8:30 PM – Write!

9:00 PM – Relax

That is the basic idea of my day but once again, it changes day-to-day. Some days I spend time with friends, some days I do less work (because I work from home and can make my own schedule) or less school, and some days I only do two writing sessions. It all just depends and it is important to remember to be flexible!

Writing Live Streams

I have always recommended writing live streams in the past, but so far this year, I have used them religiously each time I’ve sat down to write. Maybe that is because I am really using the writing sprint method this year. Some of the 30-minute writing chunks in my daily routine are more like 10, 15, or 20 minutes sprints, depending on the situation.

Some writing live streams I have been loving are Davaisha’s (grapefry) and Natalia Leigh, Brooke Passmore (bytheBrooke), and Mandi Lynn‘s group streams.

Other Writing Tools

Another writing tool I have been LOVING is a writing prompt book called Coffee Break Writing by John Gillard. I got it for super cheap at the bookstore and is filled with 100 prompts. So far, I’ve done this every morning for the last two weeks or so. It is a great exercise before my morning writing session to do because a lot of time, I write a piece for each prompt that is based of my NaNoWriMo project. I highly recommend it!

How has NaNoWriMo gone for you? Let me know in the comments below, and also share a snippet of your story if you’d like. I wish you all the best of luck for the first official week of NaNoWriMo!

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Writing Book Recommendations

I love reading writing books because I usually end up taking a lot from it and end up applying it to my writing. Writing books are useful and I recommend every writer to try them out so here are some recommendations to get you started, or just to supply you with some more!

Master Class in Fiction Writing by Adam Sexton – This book on writing shares great techniques from amazing writers such as Austen and Hemmingway. I personally prefer writing books that lay out the tips easily for me to see on the page so I can quickly write them down, but if you don’t mind reading this helpful writing book then definitely pick it up!

Story Physics by Larry Brooks – I gathered a lot of useful and great information from this book and overall, I was very satisfied. It goes over what makes and doesn’t make a story, how they work and what they need, and also it goes over characters, themes, structure, etc. It covers many important things and I definitely used these tips whenever I write now.

On Writing Romance by Leigh Michaels – I don’t lean towards writing romance, but most stories include a romance now so I thought it was important to learn how to expand and solidify the relationships in my stories. I really enjoyed reading this book because it went over all the clichés and cheesy things you shouldn’t do and also how to balance out the two people in the relationship you are building. Even if you are not a romance writer specifically, pick this up!

Writing Begins with the Breath by Laraine Herring – This definitely dives into the more deeper parts of writing but I think it is very important to read this book because we all need a reminder now and then to just close our eyes and breath. It also covers ways to get ourselves ready to write and how to create characters that are not perfect.

Writing Tools by Roy Peter Clark – I really loved this book in particular because I gathered so much useful information from it! You get reminded to have strong words not only throughout the whole novel, but especially at the beginning and end, you learn about adverbs and adjectives more and how to use them in the best way….it just covers so much stuff that I ended writing 8 pages of notes that I found interesting or helpful!

Those are my writing book recommendations and I really encourage you all to try one of these out because they will most definitely help in some way. Also, don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update!