In order to ‘win’ NaNoWriMo, you need to successfully write 50,000 words in the month of November alone. That means an average of 1,667 words each and every day for 30 days. Well that’s great and all, but how realistic is it to write every day? It can be done, sure, but what if something unexpected occurs? Will you be able to write enough during the Thanksgiving holiday? In order to set yourself up for success, consider my strategy for overcoming these potential challenges.
Let me start off by saying this plan would probably be considered aggressive. I consider it to be, at least. Feel free to adjust it as you see fit so you can make it work with your own schedule.
I know I won’t be able to write every day. As much as I would love writing to be my main source of income, that just isn’t the case for me right now. Plus, life happens. So here is my master plan for NaNoWriMo – front load a ton of the work in the beginning, leaving a much smaller amount to be done later.
Specifically, I am planning to write 5,000 words on each of the first two days. They are going to be long days of writing, but what better time to do it than when I am fresh and have very high motivation? Successfully doing this will give me 10,000 words in only two days, leaving 40,000 left. Over the remaining 28 days, the average word requirement would be down to 1,429. Still high, but definitely an improvement. If I need to miss a day or two, that number will stay manageable.
I’m not going to stop there and aim for the average either. After those monster 5k days, I am going to adopt Stephen King’s goal of 2,000 words per day minimum before I go to bed. If I manage to hit 2,000 words per day for the following 20 days, I will hit the NaNoWriMo goal on November 22nd, eight days ahead of schedule. No stress over Thanksgiving with that. Maybe I could hit 60,000 words or more, but for now I’m only worried about the 50k. It isn’t going to be easy by any means.