Get writing this November!
Last year (2019), I discovered NaNoWriMo. A first, I didn’t quite get it. I was confused by cabins and buddies and rules. But after researching it, I realised the real message behind NaNo was just to get people writing. What kind of amazing message is that?
Do you work better alone or in a group?
After deciding to join in, I didn’t officially sign up or join any groups. I just gave it a go. I get this approach might not be for everyone. Some people thrive on working in teams and having accountability buddies, but for me and my writing, I tend to work better on my own and when the pressure is off. The second I start thinking about deadlines or having to report to people, my creativity switch flicks off.
How to stay accountable if you prefer to work alone
But writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days is quite a task and I needed some way of making sure I kept going and hit the daily targets, even if the only person checking up on it was myself! That’s when I came up with the idea of a daily word count chart. Each day, I checked the word target and went for it. How satisfying do you think it was ticking off those boxes everyday?
You bet! It was awesome. And when November was over, I had smashed the 50,000 word target plus started a second book. I carried on going into December and January, writing four books for a five book series! I credit this binge-writing fest to NaNo! This year I’ve started already and I have my trusty sheet at my side, ready to get ticking!
Get my free word count accountability chart
If you’re a solo writer and get on better when left to your own devices then feel free to download my free NaNo word count sheet! Even if you enjoy working in a group, this sheet will be useful to keep you on track.
Enjoy! And happy NaNoWriMo… May the words flow!