NaNoWriMo Tip #7 – Write in Short Intervals

During NaNoWriMo you have a short period of time to write an entire novel. Expectations are high. You’re probably thinking you need to sprint to the finish line and write for long periods of time during each writing session.

You could do that. I’d recommend not.

Instead, treat writing like you’re preparing for a run. If you take off sprinting, you’re going to burn out fast and won’t ultimately cover much ground. Start slow and steady within short clumps of time.

For instance, if you only have an hour to write, break up the hour into 15-minute writing segments followed by 5-minute breaks. During the writing segments, you’ll want to get as much down as humanly possible. It’s time to stretch those WPM skills. Once you hit your five-minute break, take a breath, meditate, cool down, and maybe think about what you want to do in the next writing segment.

Believe it or not, this will help you write more words down and you won’t burn out as fast. Once you’ve mastered this technique, you can tweak it to how you’re feeling. Maybe longer writing sessions followed by only two breaks or shorter breaks.

In tomorrows tip, I’ll cover some great tools you can use to time each session and know you’re not wasting time and staying on track.

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