Monday, November 2, 2009

NaNoWriMo: Write or Die

Good morning! Welcome to day two of NaNoWriMo. Chances are, you are still pumped from yesterday’s kick off. You probably exceeded your planned word count for the day in a no-holds barred, take no prisoners writing challenge. You felt good about it, you connected with other writers and you even took on a personal challenge or two (such as the #SBPCageMatch that many of the Sapphire Blue authors have going on).

That’s great.

The Second Day is Harder

Like any good challenge whether the workout is mental or physical, the second day is harder than the first. The third day will be harder than the second. But sometime around the fourth or fifth, if you can maintain your momentum and not burn out, you’ll hit your stride. One way to help protect your momentum is to not go full tilt, burning everything you have in that first burst out of the gate. If you’re worried you did that, an alternative is to use writing tools to keep you on target.

One of the best writing tools to jumpstart you is Dr. Wicked’s Write or Die. The web version is just fine for our purposes. Go to the site, plug in the word count you want to hit, how much time you have and write, write, write. It’s funny in a way, you may not always like the results of the Write or Die method, but it will get you writing like a dog nipping at your heels on that second mile when you’re tired. I think the music fuels adrenaline heavy creativity.

Quick Tip

Don’t obsess about writing in order while doing NaNoWriMo. In fact, if you wrote your first chapter and your stuck on your second, skip it and go on to the next scene that’s hot in your mind. You can always come back and fill in the blanks later. You may even discover that the part you were struggling to write, doesn’t even need to be there. So go with your instincts.

How is your NaNo going for you so far?


  1. Hi Heather :)
    Thanks for sharing.
    My NaNo has begun well.
    Love & Best Wishes,

  2. I finished with 1,791 for my first day, but really don't like any of it. BUT, I kept going becuase I can always rewrite the opening in Dec. :)

  3. I will tell you a secret, sometimes -- what you write first is not the beginning of your story, it's just where you happened to start.