November 11

NaNoWriMo Tip #11 – Make Up Ground on the Weekends


Very few writers have a perfectly open schedule. With full-time jobs, commuting, families, friends, parties, pets, great movies, annoying neighbors, mowing the lawn, raking leaves, shoveling snow, making dinner, cleaning the house (did I mention great movies?), finding time to write can feel like trying to find oxygen in outer space.

When you do find time to write for NaNoWriMo, you’re likely going to be frustrated you can’t hit your daily word goals. Fortunately, there’s a sliver of hope: Weekends.

Unless you’re some anomaly in the matrix and meet your daily word goals like a rock star, meeting your word goals might be tough through the week. If this is the case, try to use weekends as a good buffer and build up time for your word count. Saturdays can be a great time to get up early or stay up late and crank out 4 to 5 thousand words and catch up.

Be cautious to not use weekends as a crutch and make this excuse: Well, I can just make it up on Saturday. 

But, wait, you’re thinking, didn’t you just tell me to make that excuse?

Yes and no.

First, you should always work as hard as possible to reach your daily goal. That’s the ideal. Fight like mad to hit that goal no matter what.

But if you don’t, and you’re having a busy week or a rough week, then don’t sweat it too much and try to make up the difference on the weekends.

The danger of using weekends as a crutch is it’ll catch up to you and instead of only 1,000 words to makeup, it’ll be 5,000 or 10,000 and then you’re in deep water and might drown. So, focus on each day and when you reach the weekends, see where you are at and work to make it up.

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