“Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That”

It’s April 16th…we’re half-way there!

 

Half way through April 2018’s Camp NaNo that is.

One of the most common complaints I hear when talking to people about NaNoWriMo, is there isn’t enough time in the day to bang out 1667 (if you’re shooting for a 50K word draft in 30 days) words. Having done it now five or six times, I can tell you that it can be done. It “ain’t” always easy, but it can be done.

Here are three of my go to strategies to put some words to page in the midst of having a life.

One – Old school pen and paper.

I carry around a pen and a spiral bound notebook (of varying sizes) every where I go. I then jot down a few sentences here and there as time allows. You’d be surprised at how many words you can scribble out while stopped at a stop light :-).

Two – Write during commercials or as the next episode is ‘buffering’ on Netflix.

Any break in action while I’m vegg…um, procrastin…I mean, while I’m enjoying some much deserved down time watching a favorite TV show (or 12), can be used to add to my day’s word count.

Three – Swap the time it takes to do a non-critical chore for writing time.

If I can put off doing laundry for a day or there really aren’t that many dirty dishes in the sink, then I take the time it would have taken to do those tasks and I write instead. This provides me with the biggest chunk of time in the day to get some words down. I set a timer and then write until it goes off. After that, I put my draft away and go on with the next task on my to-do list.

NaNoWriMo, in all its variations, need not be seen as an ultra marathon of endurance where you lock yourself away churning out words hours upon hours each day. Instead, think of it as a successful round of sprints, completed each day that bring you closer and closer to your word goal. I promise, if you do, you’ll find yourself at the finish line, completed draft in hand and a NaNo Winner’s Badge ready for proud display on your wall.


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