Harness the Power of NaNoWriMo:
How Timed Writing Sessions Can Make You More
© Cheryl C.
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live in a box you’ve probably heard of National Novel Writing
Month (NaNoWriMo), which takes place every November. In 2007,
over 100,000 writers flew by the seat of their pants in an
attempt to draft a 50,000-word novel between November
1st and November 30th.
attendance growing every year, writers from all walks of life
should take the principles learned in NaNoWriMo and apply them
to their daily writing to increase
reviewing your weekly to-do list, it might be intimidating and
overwhelming to see that you have three article deadlines, in
addition to, the two chapters of your novel you’ve committed to
intimidated and overwhelmed often leads to procrastination. So,
how can you stop procrastination before it
writing sessions to get you from start to finish, just 15
minutes at a time.
participants have a limited window of opportunity to complete
the necessary word count to win NaNoWriMo, the focus is placed
on output, not content. As their website states, “Make no
mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap.”
that seem counterproductive? It’s not, when you consider
that getting from beginning to end can be such a challenge at
writing sessions work for several reasons:
It’s easier to write in shorter
The sudden pressure forces you to focus on
tames that nagging self-editor who wants you to rewrite
and revise as you go.
It’s easier to get started when you know there’s an
end in sight.
writers having schedules packed with other work and family
commitments can find 15 minutes a day to write. You can
use part of your lunch hour, those minutes waiting in the
doctor’s office, or even a portion of your child’s
not you decide to participate in NaNoWriMo this year, use the
valuable lessons writers have learned from this approach since
1999, and use timed writing sessions to churn out more material
than ever before.
Author: Cheryl C.
Malandrinos is a freelancer who specializes in helping writers
increase productivity through time management and
organization. She has also written articles on everyday
life in the 1800’s, gardening, parenting, and women’s health
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