Thursday, October 28, 2010

NaNo Tip #3: Get Support

Today's tip: Get and give support

During NaNo, your friends are your greatest allies whether you know them in real life or not. You can cheer each other on to the next word count goal, bounce ideas around, celebrate wins, and mourn shortcomings. NaNo is also a great time to make new friends.

Get a group together for word sprints to help each other out with the daily word count. Word sprints are when everyone gets together, sets an amount of time to write (usually 10 to 15 minutes), and then after the alloted time is up you stop and share word counts. This can be an amazing motivator for even the toughest case of writers' block. has forums for areas all over the country that you can join. They even hold write-ins so that local writers can meet up and write together. If you can't make one of these, you could even hold your own. I've also heard that there might be a special online write-in for teen writers held this year.

You may also want to explain to your family what it is that you're doing when you spend long hours locked inside your house refusing to socialize. I don't suggest skipping out on Thanksgiving, but sometimes it can be nice if your family knows that sometimes you just need to be alone to sit down and write so they don't worry that something is wrong. Maybe even one of your family members can join in on the craziness.


Susanne Winnacker said...

I'm in a new critique group for NaNo and we'll keep each other updated on wordcounts. I hope that'll motivate me! :D

M.J. Horton said...

This is such a major factor. having people to back you during the frustrations that can happen. Such a necessity. :D