NaNoWriMo Tip #10 – Push Yourself to Write 2,000 Words a Day

I know what you’re already thinking. 2,000 words a day! That’s more than the 1,600 words a day to reach 50,000 by the end of NaNoWriMo. 

You’re right. It might seem like a lot to write 2,000 words a day. Nigh-impossible for people with 8 to 10-hour shifts, a family, and tons of other responsibilities. Regardless, you still need to shoot for 2,000 words.

Here’s why:

Setting the bar high is better for your motivation than meeting or lowering the bar. Sure, you might not reach your goal every day but you have something to shoot toward and going higher is better for your overall writing life than not. A strong, firm goal will make you push yourself.

In an idealistic world, you’ll hit 2,000 words a day and reach 60,000 words by NaNoWriMo end. 60,000 words is a much thicker, well-padded novel whereas 50,000 is skimpy. Also, 60,000 gives you breathing room for when you need to come back and edit it down.

In a realistic world, you might hit 2,000 once in a while but maybe only reach 1,000 to 1,500. That’s okay, too. As long as you’re getting down words, don’t freak out if you didn’t hit your goal. But don’t give up either. Tomorrow is another day. You can work to make up the difference.

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