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NaNoWriMo Day 2

For all those who've taken up the #NaNoWriMo challenge, I hope your first day went well. This first week is the best time to write as most as you can since the excitement is there, but remember to pace yourself. I think it's a little like cross-country - you sprint out of the starting gate to find a good spot then you relax into the run until the final sprint.

Paris, France, 2015
Finding the time to write is often the hardest part of NaNoWriMo partly because it's smack-dab in the middle of the holiday season, beginning with Halloween. Not only are we planning how our main character will rescue her friends, but we have to cook Thanksgiving Dinner, buy presents, and prepare for the madness that is Christmas shopping.

I've found ways to sneak my writing into my day, though. Some do work better than others, and it depends on your personality.

  • Wake up early/Stay up late to write when no one else is around. Sounds crazy, but I wake up around 5:30 every weekday morning to write. Weekends are optional for me since I can find other times to write during the day. This helped me over the summer when I had to devote more time to weaving and bookbinding for the fairs. 
  • Use your commute to write. This might work better for those who take a train or bus or carpool, but many smartphones can download recorders that can enable voice-to-text. Even if you can't write during the commute, you can take the time to work out what you're going to write and use the recorder to keep the notes.
  • Limit time/page in short bursts. Write for ten minutes then stop; or write two pages and stop. Find short amounts of time to squeeze in the writing. If you have a tablet or small laptop, this works out well during those times you are in the car waiting for someone or doing the laundry. Otherwise, it works in those down times during the day. 
  • Skip a meal. You could just eat a light meal as well, but take the time you would have lunch or dinner and use it to write. Another option would be to order in, and the time you normally spent preparing the meal could be spent writing.
  • Enlist others support. Depending on the situation, you could ask family members to take over preparing meals, cleaning and the like. If it isn't possible for family to help, maybe you can find others to help. 
All in all, it depends on your routine - how you can find ways to bend, stretch, or extrapolate time from your schedule to write. I see NaNoWriMo as one month where less important things can be shoved to the side to finish the novel. 

What are some of the ways you've found ways to write? 

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