Many people want to get into the habit of writing every single day, and NaNoWriMo is a great time to get into that habit. Because if you can write every day in November in the United States during Thanksgiving, Daylight Savings Time, school parties and projects if you have little ones, and general overtime and extra work for those of us in the retail game, then you can write all year round.
Well...I know writing every day isn't realistic for me as my current schedule sits. I work a twelve hour shift every Sunday, and dealing with all that time on my feet and interacting with people means I come home and I know I won't be able to touch my WIP.
So part of my #Preptober every year is to find out what my actual word count goals are.
I threw together a quick calendar with the NaNoWriMo word count milestones on it. The image and the PDF file for download are available below if you need something basic too.
So what I do, and what I encourage you to do, is sit down with this calendar, and your planner or your digital calendar app, and figure out how many days you have where you can actually write.
1. Cross out any days where you are traveling, working overtime, or know are not writing days. BE HONEST.
2. Count your number of days.
3. Divide 50,000 by your number of days and round up. (You can't write 2/3 of a word.)
If I write absolutely every day I can, I'll have 22 days in November where I can add to my WIP. Meaning instead of the 1667 words NaNoWriMo tells me I need to get daily, I actually need to clock in with nearly 2300 words when I sit down at my laptop.
I'm aiming for 2500 words per day to allow myself a buffer if I have a hard writing session. Meaning IF I stick to plan, I'll hit 50k on November 28th. *fingers crossed*
Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? Make sure you add me as a buddy. (I'm Roxy Mews on NaNoWriMo.org) If you want in my super secret NaNoWriMo group where I'll be posting daily, send me a message on Facebook telling me to get your ass in there. I posted a link to the group, but I don't think it's able to be found, so just drop me a message and I'll invite you in. Or you can fumble around Discord with me using this invite ( https://discord.gg/ftZE94x ) and you can probably teach me a few things about that platform as I try and figure it out with out using the nearest teen to answer questions for me.
What are you doing to get ready for next month's frenzy of literary abandon? I'd love to hear about it.