The Third Time IS the Charm

17 days into November I passed 50,000 words and on my third try, finally won a NaNoWriMo. It was such a heady feeling, one that is kind of hard to describe - even for a writer.

And the secrets to my success? First was the support of my husband, which was paramount. He pushed me toward the basement door and told me to "Go Write!" He took care of putting the littles to bed and gave me 3 uninterrupted hours in the evenings to write. That was huge!

Second was scheduling blocks of writing time into my calendar. Not only did I have those 3 uninterrupted hours in the evenings, I also had 3-4 hours during the day while the littles were at school. And then there were the weekends. Lots of blocks in my calendars, which I stuck to and made sure not to miss, helped immensely.

Third, was planning out the scenes I was going to write. Now as I mentioned in my last post, NaNoWriMo, How Do I Love Thee, I was continuing on with a story that I plan to publish next summer. I had already written 25k words and have added another 50k words. But in order to get those new words, I had to plan the scenes out. It kept me on track and I think really helped the writing flow. And since I had that plan, when I did get stuck, I was able to pick a later scene to work on until I got unstuck.

Fourth, I got ahead on word count early. The very first day I wrote over 100 words more than I needed and I never looked back. There were three days where I couldn't write, family commitments and a book signing, but I was so far ahead on my word count that it didn't matter. There wasn't one day I stressed over my word count - well, I didn't stress over having too few words anyway!

Fifth, there was NO editing done while I was NaNo-ing. All I did was write, write, write, write....get my drift?

And I had fun. I had a group of NaNoBuds that encouraged me and kept my spirits up, just like I did with them. We're all on our way to winning NaNoWriMo 2013!

So, what does it mean that I won NaNoWriMo? I'm actually not sure, since I've never won before. On the 25th, I'll need to upload my work to NaNo's trusty word count validator. I'll be declared a winner, maybe get a prize, and then have bragging rights for the year until NaNoWriMo 2014. Guess I better figure out what next year's NaNo project is going to be!! *After I finish writing Back to December!*

There's still time left, so don't give up! You can reach that 50,000 word goal if you put your mind to it! And if not, you're still a winner. Do you know why? Because you have a concept for a story started and you have words down. That's more than you had at the beginning of the month!

Happy Writing!
~Heather
xoxo

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