NaNoWriMo Strategies: Add More Hours To the Day

Now that I’ve decided that I have to do NaNoWriMo this year I must now figure out how I’m going to accomplish my goals.

This is the first strategy I thought of. As it sits right now I have a little time when I could be writing but that time isn’t going to be there in November when I’ll have more assignments. If I’m going to write a first draft in November then I’m going to need to make some more time.

There is only one way I can make more time. Either I have to wake up earlier or go to bed later.

In my younger days it would have been a no brainer. Stay up a little later and get my writing done. Those days are far behind me. Me and my wife almost never stay up late and my brain starts to power down around nine or ten.

The plus side of that is that I now wake up earlier and more consistently. When November comes around I will be getting up an hour or so earlier each day to meet my writing goals.

That’s fine to say in late September but I know myself well enough to know that waking up an hour early each day is going to be hard so I need to plan further.

My mind went to my writing strengths. I have found my writing goes better when I write like glad for a half hour or so and then take a break and walk away. If I go hard for too long I will burn out. If I wake up early everyday and don’t get enough sleep then I will burn out and fail to make my NaNoWriMo goals. So I’m not going to wake up early every day. Instead I’ll stager it and go in spurts, waking every other day and giving myself time to regroup and store up energy for the next writing session.

I feel that if I keep to this routine for all of November than I will have a higher likely hood of finishing NaNoWriMo.

By the end of November I may even have another book for you to read. In the mean time you can read the result of my NaNoWriMo 2010, Catalyst: Book 1 of the Ronos Trilogy.


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