Preparing for NaNoWriMo 2016

nanowrimo-702x1024-670x977November is quickly approaching and writers around the world are outlining their novels in preparation to reach the 50,000 word goal for the month. But what if you can’t dedicate as much time as you would like to write due to jobs, college, kids, other other committments?

I have a full time job, working 40 hours a week. Add the time it takes to commute and it’s a hell of a lot of the week spent not writing. Of course, when I’m not working I want to spend all my time with my one year old so how are you supposed to fit in any writing? My plan is to write for an hour at night (hopefully I can fit in two hours some nights!) before I go to bed and write as much as possible in a short space of time. In this case, when time is a factor and when I don’t have time to sit and procrastinate, planning is essential so I have roughly planned the contents of each chapter and the overall plot. This isn’t to say I have to stick to the plan though because I’ll go with the story if it goes in another direction.

As a NaNoWriMo virgin, I’m unsure about how many words I can realistically write during the month so I’ve planned how many words I would like to write every day.


According to this plan, my personal word goal for the month is 30,500 words. Obviously I’ll have to go on writing the first draft into December and early next year but I think 30,500 is a big chunk of work to focus on for the month and it is one that will be really challenging for me.

So let me know what you think. Are you planning to write for NaNoWriMo? What are your particular challenges? Have you planned how many words you want to write every day? Can you dedicate as much time as you want to your writing or do you only have one or two hours a day to write as much as possible? Get in touch! After all, we’re all in this together!

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