Lesson #2: Establish writing goals and use them to keep on track.
In keeping with the idea of needing a plan, in addition to a story plan, you need a plan for your writing.
With NaNo, you have a goal: 50,000 words in one month. That's the big goal.
But that shouldn't be your only goal. If it is, you may find yourself trying to write 49, 995 words in the final 24 hours.
Set a weekly goal for yourself. Then go a step further, and set a daily goal.
There are roughly four weeks in November, which equates to 12,500 words per week. If you write every single day, you must write 1,667 words each day to meet the 50k goal by the 30th.
So right now, you know that any goal less than 1,667 words per day means you're going to have to do some make up somewhere in there to meet the larger goal. Think of 1,667 as the bare minimum daily word count. Use the weekly target to guide you so that when you do have days below 1,667, you'll know how much you need to do to stay on track.
If you can't write daily, it's possible to do NaNo on the weekends. You now know that you have to average between 12-13k words each weekend to make it happen. But with all the excitement of daily word count posting and NaNo forums, if you're able, try to participate daily.
My goal was 2k words per day. Why 2k? Because having and meeting a goal larger than the bare minimum gave me a chance to get ahead of the larger goal.
Cause stuff happens.
We wound up being in Orlando for Thanksgiving, totally unplanned, which meant I didn't write for four straight days. Not a big deal because by then, I had already exceeded the 50k goal. If I had written on those days, I might have exceeded 70k.
Some days, the words just don't come. My low word count was 1101 words. I fought for every one of those. On my high count day, 4,496 words poured out of me like water from a faucet. Thankfully, I had more days like the high count day and not too many days like my low count day. But you don't know how it's going to be until you are in the thick of things. Having targets will help you not to get too far away from where you need to be.
Do you typically write to a word count? Does this make the writing easier or harder?
Peace & Blessings,
Stay focused. Be deliberate. Believe.