I’m participating in NaNoWriMo this year, but only in that I plan to write at least 750 words every weekday throughout the month. I chose that number because it’s not going to burn me out, as has happened ALL the other times I’ve done 50,000 words in November. I would reach that milestone, yes, but then I would be so burnt out that I couldn’t even pick up a book to read until spring, and couldn’t bring myself to write anything again until fall. I can’t do things that way anymore. So, rather than do just the one mad frenzy of writing bad first drafts every November, I’m writing a slower, less frantic bad first draft at about half the speed, and focusing more on doing the writing every day in the work week, without feeling guilty about taking the weekends off from the daily grind. This way, I won’t burn out, but will be able to continue my daily writing even after November.
And I’m not the only one doing this, either. Here’s an article about how to do this all the rest of the year, in case you’re actually trying for 50K words this month. Click on the link below; I think you’ll find it worth your while.
6 Steps to Writing Like a Boss The Rest of the Year (+ a Calendar of Action Steps)
Source: Beyond NaNoWriMo