Nanowrimo Guide
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The day before Nanowrimo

Two writers looking at a laptop, and overlaid with the NaNoWriMo logo.

Nanowrimo starts tomorrow! Let’s take some deep breaths, dial down the existential ‘AARRGGGH!’, and get you in the right headspace to embark on the 50,000 word writing journey ahead.

Make sure the Sims gem floating above your head is a bright and shiny green

When we’re well-rested, hydrated, and supported we have more energy, creativity, and focus. You’re an athlete, you need some R&R before the big marathon. Try your best to:

  • Get enough sleep
  • Move your body
  • Drink the water
  • Connect with fellow Wrimos (community helps!)

Set your tangible check-off-able goals

When we give ourselves concrete goals that we can tick off a list, we’re more likely to achieve them. Set goals that make sense for you, but here are some quick wins:

  1. Set your daily word count goal. To win Nanowrimo, 1,667 words per day is what we’re aiming for! Go ahead and set your word count now. We’ll wait.
  2. Set your project word count goal. Keep your eye on the prize with a word count goal for  your whole manuscript, too. First Draft Pro’s nifty progress bar will help you visually monitor your progress throughout the month ahead.
  3. Set daily story progress goals. Our day-by day guides to completing Nanowrimo give you a clear checklist of what you should be covering each day to write a compelling story. You can use this to set daily progress goals (as long as you're hitting these beats, and meeting your word count for the day, you're golden).

Find your tribe

First Draft Pro has collaboration at its heart because we believe that storytelling is way more fun with friends. You can find your Nanowrimo tribe on the Nanowrimo community forums or on Discord.

  1. Join First Draft Pro on Twitter so we can cheer you on!
  2. Pop over to the Nanowrimo forum and leave a review to let other Wrimos know how you're finding First Draft Pro ❤️

Know when to stop prepping

Don’t over-prep! Let’s face it, prepping can become a form of procrastination. But it has to be good enough at some point, and you need to start writing!

You’ve got this.