Today, I am going to be talking about how to schedule for NaNoWriMo.
This process doesn’t usually take long, maximum a day or two.
The first step that you need to consider for Camp NaNoWriMo is- Am I going to be able to write every single day? Because hey, it’s April, it’s Easter, you’re probably have a lot going on.
So you will need to check your calendar to see if you have any activities during April.
The amount of days you are able to write affects your daily word count towards your goal, which is very important for completion. Once you have counted how many days you can do, you are ready for the second step of scheduling.
The second step that you need to do is to calculate a daily word count, which is very simple:
Daily word count= Overall Word goal / Amount of days that you are going to write
Quick note: When you place your project and your overall word goal on the Camp NaNoWriMo site, it will automatically calculate a daily word goal.
The third step that you need to do is one that many people miss out, which causes a lot of problems. This is to calculate how long it will take to write each day.
Now before you run away, let me explain why you need to do this. It gives you a fairly accurate account of how long you will spend at the computer or writing in your notebook for and you can plan ahead when you can write during the day and when you can rest.
So what is the calculation you ask? It’s this:
Daily amount of time writing(in minutes) = Daily word count /100 x 5.
Why do you need to divide by 100 and multiply by 5? Well NaNoWriMo has calculated that people , especially under pressure, tend to write around 100 words every five minutes.
If I hadn’t known the calculation, but I knew that I can write 100 words every five minutes, I can times the 100 words by any number and multiply 5 by that number to get how long it will take.
I know, it’s math in writing, but it is seriously useful.
And that’s it! That’s all that you need to do when scheduling for Camp NaNoWriMo!
How about you?
How do you schedule for NaNoWriMo?
Our next post in this series, we will look at the vision of your story, and how to go about researching for it.
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