Here's the Advice That Will Get You Through NaNoWriMo

Every November, brave writers attempt to write 50,000 words during National Novel Writing Month, also known as "NaNoWriMo" or "November." It is estimated that a lot of those writers will not make it to 50,000 words. The staff here at Burn Your Faves—that’s two people—want to help the writers of tomorrow make it to the end, so we’ve compiled a list of really good advice to help you get through November without even one bead of sweat.

  1. Having a hard time finding the motivation to go on? Dig through the archives on nanowrimo.org and read every single pep talk from start to finish.
  2. Hemingway famously said, "Write drunk, edit sober." If drunk writing is good, blackout writing is better. Another round of shots!
  3. Worry less about plot and more about if it rhymes.
  4. Always go under the word count for the day by 100 words. That way, on the last day, you get to write 3000 bonus words!
  5. Why not join a Nano message board? Popularity will fuel your writing, so put a lot of energy into making sure everyone likes you more than born2write99.
  6. A picture is worth a thousand words. If you're far behind, throw a few photos in and you'll catch up in no time. Fifty pictures is 50,000 words.
  7. Give up caffeine for the month of November. If you can’t, drink so much that you’re pushing the limits of a lethal dose.
  8. Resume contact with a clingy ex-friend you ghosted, and tell her you're available whenever she needs you.
  9. Edit your novel as you go. If you feel unsure about a section, just delete it.
  10. Spread the word about your novel. Make sure you have an account on every social media site, and spend hours each day updating them with your progress.
  11. Write what you know. Only use characters you've met before, like your dad or your best friend.
  12. Writing is all about aesthetics, so write your novel on an old-fashioned, rustic/rusted typewriter. Count the words by hand, just like they did in our Steampunk past.
  13. Community is an important part of writing. Call your friends, family, neighbors, and clergymen, and read what you have so far to each of them over the phone. Don't take no for an answer!
  14. That being said, take their criticism to heart—people are always honest and always right.
  15. Writing should be fun and easy. If it's not, you're doing something wrong. Start over.
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