I've never participated in NaNoWriMo, but I admire those who do. I've visited numerous blogs lately where my friends are debating if they should participate this year or not. Those who are participating are doing some preparation in anticipation of their efforts to write a novel in the month of November. It's a challenging task where many will fail and many will succeed. There is a lot of advice out there to help writers reach their goal. But that advice is solid for all year long not just during NaNoWriMo. Not all these tips may work for you and most of the ideas are oft repeated.
11 Tips To Increase Word Count
1. Prepare an outline, plot points and character profiles before you start writing.
2. Have a routine such as a particular time of day or place to write.
3. Design your writing space for comfort but free of distractions. Cat or dog at feet allowed.
4. Be superstitious and use those rituals. If you're always productive when you drink green tea then have green tea. Need your comfy slippers on, then slips those puppies on.
5. Put some music on that helps you write. Perhaps a play list that fits the story or something without words that calms your muse.
6. Don't discuss your WIP while you're writing it. Keep it to yourself until you have that first draft done.
7. Spew out that imperfect first draft. Quiet your inner editor and keeping pounding the keyboard.
8. Along with that tip, don't delete or throw away anything. That scene that you've decided you hate may not seem so bad when the entire project is complete. You can fix or dump it in the second draft.
9. Stop each writing session in the middle of a scene or sentence where you know what comes next. It gets the next day's writing off to a quick start.
10. Remember to eat right, sleep enough and exercise. Take care of yourself.
11. Reward yourself as you reach your goals. Made the halfway point? Celebrate and move onto the next one.
Few of these ideas are new to experienced writers. I challenge you to add a tip to the list. What works for you to keep your word count high all year long and not just in November? Are any of the above suggestions part of your routine? Any of them that just don't work for you? Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? Any interesting rituals or superstitions you use to maintain your writing pace?