Since NaNoWriMo is just around the corner, my fellow YA Buccaneers and I are sharing a treasure hunt of tips to help you reach 50,000 words next month. Not only that, but we have an awesome prize up for grabs: an e-copy of NaNoWriMo founder Chris Baty’s book, NO PLOT? NO PROBLEM! More on that below.
But first, here’s my NaNoWriMo tip:
Try the Pomodoro Technique.
The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write at least 1,667 words a day for 30 days. It can be a challenge, especially when you have limited time to write each day. To maximize your productivity during your writing time, try the Pomodoro Technique. I first heard about it a couple of years ago when I was finishing the first draft of my first manuscript, and I found it to be really helpful.
How it works
The video on the official Pomodoro website explains it well, but essentially you work in 25-minutes increments using a kitchen timer or an app. After 25 minutes are up, you take a small break (5 or 10 minutes) and then begin another session. This cycle repeats until your task (in this case, 1,667 words) is complete. What’s great about this technique is that it’s much easier to stay focused in smaller intervals. Knowing that you can use the short breaks between sessions to check your email or Twitter helps you keep writing for all 25 minutes. And if you feel stuck halfway through a session, you can make yourself forge ahead since your next break is a short time away.
If you use this technique for NaNoWriMo, you should determine how many words you can typically write in one 25-minute session, and schedule your writing time accordingly. For example, if you can write 500 words in 25 minutes, then you’ll need 4 sessions to complete your 1,667 words. That’s about 2 hours of total writing time, if you include breaks. You could even break up your Pomodoro sessions throughout the day–two in the morning and two at night. Whatever works for you!
[Note: I have no affiliation with Pomodoro. I just think it's a great technique and wanted to spread the word!]
Enter to win our prize!
To win a copy of Chris Baty’s NO PLOT? NO PROBLEM!, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post and enter using the Rafflecopter (link below). Then, hop on over to Heidi’s (AKA Guppy Guts Skullcracker’s) blog for another NaNoWriMo tip and another chance to win our prize! Also, be sure to check out today’s post on YA Buccaneers, where our treasure hunt begins.