There are approximately one bazillion NaNoWriMo advice posts out there. But, here’s mine.

  1. Don’t let numbers stress you out. New words still equal new words. Whether you hit your daily goal or not.
  2. Find the joy in it. If you aren’t happy writing that scene, write another. I’m writing the scenes I WANT to write this NaNo. I’ll add in connective tissue later.
  3. Walk, exercise, drive around, stare out a window. Something to let your brain breathe. I know that when I give my brain a break for a bit that I can focus better and write more.
  4. Drink tea. Or coffee. Or Diet Coke. Whatever it is that makes you happy.
  5. Plot or pants. Outline or not. Just write.
  7. DO NOT IMMEDIATELY QUERY AGENTS WHEN YOU FINISH YOUR DRAFT. That one needed repeating because it’s one of the most important. I started a NaNo novel in 2011. Now, I took some time off (sometimes a couple of years) but I am still revising that novel. Take some time away from the draft. Let it sit in your brain and percolate there. But, DO NOT QUERY THIS DRAFT RIGHT NOW.
  8. And this one I stole from Mary Kole who wrote the book Writing Irresistible Kidlit. “Write for your reader self and not your writer self.”

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