In case you’re wondering, the current Camp NaNoWriMo word count is approximately 6,270 words. For those of you keeping score at home, I am so behind the goal of making it to 50,000 in 19 days. However, I’m pretty proud of my word count, because I’m writing every day, and that’s what it’s all about, right?
There are two things keeping me motivated to write: stubbornness and regular scheduling. I basically try to write at the same time every day—for some reason, the juices flow just before bedtime (isn’t that when you start thinking about the answer to life’s mysteries? It certainly isn’t right when you wake up.) So in the evening, if I have the remote desire or excitement, I write whatever I can before the good feeling is gone. I don’t let anything else or any excuse pop into my head, or else I end up losing that spark for the day.
I also just really want to be done with my book. With writing every day, it’s become easier to actually make some decisions on what happens next. I’ve made outlines, but they change a lot. I’m used to just going with the flow and seeing where my characters lead me—so far they’re far more intelligent than I am.
What are your go-to strategies for consistent writing? Share them with us through comments! We would love the extra motivation kick.
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