We’re officially up to Day 10 of NaNoWriMo 2013, which means that — if you’re keeping up to date on your word count — you should be at approximately 16,670 words.
Now, don’t despair if you haven’t made it quite that far yet — we’re only a third of the way through the month! Here are a few tips to help you get that word count up …
1. Set aside a time for writing each day. It doesn’t have to be long — maybe it’s your lunch break, or the half hour before you go to bed. Remember, NaNoWriMo is about building a writing habit!
2. Don’t re-read everything from the day before. Just re-read the last sentence or two so you can remember where you were, and then keep going!
3. Ignore your inner editor. I know, I know, the metaphor you just wrote was all kinds of terrible. And as tempting as it is to go back and fiddle with the sentence for half an hour, don’t do it! Keep writing — and if it’s really annoying you, highlight it so you remember to come back to it later. But don’t go back until you’ve hit your 50k!
4. Get inspired! It’s hard to write something if you don’t have any ideas. So, if you encounter writer’s block, get away from your screen and go get inspired! Watch a movie. Go for a walk. Hang out with friends. Listen to music. Try a writing prompt. Do whatever it takes (within reason!) to get those creative juices flowing!
Where’s everyone at with NaNoWriMo? Share your word counts in the comments below — and make sure to check out everyone’s comments and send some love to your fellow NaNo-ers!