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Sunday, November 1, 2015

What You Need to Know About NaNoWriMO for Greater Odds for Success This Year!

November has become synonymous with NaNoWriMo, when writers from around the country come together as one community to write 50,000 words in 30 days. At about 1667 words per day, for many it can take motivation, discipline and a little planning to reach the required word count. While for others, the month offers an opportunity to be creative without any expectations.

Hammering out a first draft of 50,000 words in one month is most writers’ dream. Planning to undertake NaNoWriMo, however, already shows commitment that you’re taking your writing seriously. But once the writing starts in earnest, many writers can face obstacles, distractions and maybe even be tempted to give up when they’re feeling creatively blocked and maybe a little fatigued. Perhaps it’s even you.

Fortunately, Stop Procrastinating, the productivity website, has surveyed 2000 NaNoWriMo writers ahead of this year’s challenge to find out what kept them going until the very end. The findings are enlightening and practical. From undertaking a little planning before hand, to doing a little writing on your lunch break and learning how to write anywhere, the strategies are sure to help many undertaking the challenge this year to successfully reach the 50,000 goal.
Stop Procrastinating has assembled all the results in the infographic below.

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Are any of these findings surprising? Will you participate this month? What will you approach differently? Do tell.


  1. Indulge in lengthy descriptions of the scenery. Or a person's face. include lots of lengthy descriptions.

    Don't use any contractions, either. "Do not" is two words. "Don't" is only one. (You can always go back later and make the stilted parts less stilted...

    1. Cute and clever, Sioux! :-) Thanks for stopping by and weighing in. Now, get to work! :-)

  2. Those stats were interesting. I have been bitten by the writing bug, so today I began gathering some of my humorous blog posts, and will expand them into vignettes. That's my plan, anyway. Have a great week.

  3. Sounds like a good one, Lin. Wishing you great success! :-)

  4. Appreciate this info, thank you! One of these years I'll jump in to the pool and join all the ambitious writers. :)

  5. Excellent info on NANO. I have friends who participate, but it's not for me. Makes me limp just to think of it!

  6. Jennifer Brown BanksNovember 3, 2015 at 4:41 AM


    You should! I hear the water is fine. LOL
    Thanks for your thoughts.

  7. Jennifer Brown BanksNovember 3, 2015 at 4:42 AM


    I agree; it's not for everyone. Thanks for adding to the mix. :-)