Success in National Novel Writing Month - Wen Scott's NaNoWriMo site

Success! I have reached the pre-set goal of 50,000 words in 30 days over the month of November. Actually, I passed the goal yesterday. Congratulate me.

This year I found it easier than last year to reach the word count. I think this is because of last year. Let me explain.

One of the reasons to complete the NaNo project is to focus on writing, on the story line, on the plot. To really benefit from the NaNo exercise, an author must abandon the editorial hat altogether. Go ahead, make those mistakes, skip the research, create conflicting descriptions or tangents that take the story in new directions. You’ll catch and change them later. Have confidence in yourself.

The goal is not the 50,000 words, it is the habits learned. Last year I learned to shut out the world and write to the daily quota, upping it gradually to about 2,000 words per day. It was an easy step this year to up that quota again.

Of course, in the real world, you do not want to be obsessed with word counts, but once you have established the habit of writing daily, you get a sense of writing smoothly, writing page after page, knowing before hand what you will write next, realizing a steady build from one scene to another, one chapter to another and on to a finished first draft, however rough and ready it may be.