The crew at YA Buccaneers are hosting an awesome contest in honor of the upcoming NaNoWriMo. We're having a NanoWriMo Tip Treasure Hunt!
Here's how to play:
- Read fun tips on how to
surviveexcel this year at NaNoWriMo
- Follow the blog trail by clicking on the links at the end of each post
- Leave a comment in the comment section
- Every NaNoWriMo Treasure Hunt blog you comment on gains you another entry for our awesome giveaway!
My NaNoWriMo Tip
Don't worry so much about winning. Really.
The majority of people who participate in NaNo don't actually make it to the 50K mark. And you can drive yourself a little crazy if you keep watching that word count graph instead of actually having fun with it.
I'm not sure who decided November was the best time to try and write a novel from start to finish. But if you're like me, you've got a bit of "life stuff" going on in November. Oh say, organizing a 200-seat Thanksgiving event for a local non-profit, driving 18 hours round trip to your pseudo-inlaws with a cooler full of veggie field roast, a traveling cat and a very prickly lemon tree that took up the entire back seat. You know, nothing much. Certainly the
And the first year I participated in Nano, I was agonizing that I didn't make it to that 50K finish line. Short of feigning an illness, or locking myself in the bathroom to write, there was really no way I was ever going to make it to 50K. But instead of agonizing about it, I decided to be proud of what I had accomplished. I wrote roughly 33K in about 14 days. That's a lot of words. And some of them were actually good. I'd never done that before. So for me, that was a win.
And that's how I've chosen to approach NaNo now. Use that motivation and all the great encouragement that comes with it to accomplish something. Ride that NaNo wave for all it's worth, but don't worry about winning. Winning is a matter of perspective.