How to do NaNoWriMo successfully:

“Step 1 – Turn off the internet.

Step 2 – Make sure your butt is comfortably seated in your chair.

Step 3 – Turn off/on the music, depending on what works for you.

Step 4 – ah ah ah, I see you reaching for that internet switch. You were just gonna check your email, sure. TURN IT OFF.

Step 5 – Open up your word processor of choice.

Step 6 – Oh come on, I said you need to turn off – NO. STEP AWAY FROM THE TVTROPES PAGE. IT IS NOT RESEARCH. YOU ARE FOOLING NO ONE.

Step 7 – Is the internet off? Good. Make sure it stays off.

Step 8 – Start typing. Type gobbledegook at first if you don’t know where to start, but get those fingers moving.

Step 8b – ‘Staring at the blinking cursor’ is not the definition of ‘typing.’ Just so you know.

Step 9 – Sorry, bathroom breaks are for people who’ve gotten over 600 words. Have you written over 600 words yet? Then keep typing. Tomorrow the limit goes up to 800, so you’d best get that bladder under control now.

Step 10 – No, you can’t get up to get a snack. Tell your stomach who’s boss. (ie, Your wordcount.)

Step 11 – Keep typing until you get past 1667 words.

Step 12 – Do the same thing everyday. Yes, that means tomorrow, too. And the day after. And the day after that. Everyday.

And viola! There are the secrets to success. Heed them well.

Signed,
the girl who wrote 20k words last week”

Thanks to ceitean on LiveJournal for letting me steal this!!!

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