November is that magical month of NANOWRIMO, National Novel Writing Month, so I figured I'd give my 5 tips for surviving NANO.
1.) Take it one word, one day at a time.
Don't be hard on yourself. Some days you'll speed through and go over your word count for the day and other days you'll fight yourself to get even one word down. Don't be hard on yourself.
2.) Get together with others doing NANOWRIMO.
No one will understand what you're trying to do as much as other participants. This year there is Twitter, Youtube, Facebook, the NANOWRIMO website with the forums and chats, and write-ins. There is someway to socialize, get help when you're stuck or just encouragement to keep going for anyone.
3.) Be accountable.
Join a group, create a group or find some close friends that you can each send in your word counts for the day. It's great to have someone to encourage or embarrass you into getting your word counts in for the month. Groups are also good for brainstorming when you get stuck and laugh about the rest of the world outside of your little writing hole.
4.) Have caffeine.
I don't drink coffee, can't stand the taste, but yes I do need caffeine. I make sure that in November I won't run out because you never know when you're going to have one of those days that your mind just won't work without it.
5.) Tell family, friends, and work you're not available.
This is the most important I think. A lot of people outside of writers just don't understand why we would want to torture ourselves by spending 30 days using all our free time writing. This is what we do, what we want to do. You have to make it clear with family, friends, and yes even work that you can't be disturbed during whatever hours your writing.
Do you have any tips that I can add in? Tips could just be for your writing.