Remember we were children and we had a chance to go outside and play? We'd horse around with our friends, doing all kinds of dumb things that eventually would have gotten us in trouble. I remember those days like it was the back of my hand. There were times that I would spend by the creek with my father watching the water pass by after the storms had come in and flooded the whole town. Those were times that time didn't really matter, they were the days that time was at a hands grasp, but in NaNoWriMo, time is your greatest enemy. I've posts left and right, seen videos on the topic, that they failed NaNoWriMo because they ran out of time.

You see, dear reader, at the beginning you are given the instructions of writing 50K words in 30 days. That leaves you at roughly 1700 (this number is rounded up) words to write every day. Is it possible? Of course. Most fulltime writers write at least 1000 words a day. Stephen King claims to write 2000 a day, and I'm more than sure there are other writers and authors that write way more, Michael Crichton boasting a charming 10k (how in the f…). However, we are not those full-time writers, so we might work part-time at the local convenience store, or are full-time students with essay and all to write. Hell, I've been trying to keep these posts as brief as possible, but Character Development and Outlining really kicked my ass when it came to word count (they averaged at 3.5k). I'm terribly slow at writing because I'm always beating myself up to produce the best material I can for you readers, so I've devised a plan to allow both you and me to follow that will hopefully allow us to finish NaNoWriMo.

So, from what I've read, most authors write in the morning, after sunrise, or just before. It's early in the morning, and there's no one to bother you, granted if your family wake up around 9 or 10. Use these few hours to your advantage, and write. If you think about it, if you work 4 hours, writing 500 words for the first half hour writing nonstop, and using the second half of the hour for short edits and outline checks, you'll finish with 5 days to spare on the clock. That is if you're willing to put that much work into it. Realistically speaking, you need at least about 2 hours minimum to try and get your 1700 for the day.

Now, let's get into something a little more Zen. If you're writing space isn't giving off those vibes, then you're not going to do so well. Here's what I suggest you do. I recommend you get yourself a nice isolated spot that going to be your workstation for the next 30 days of NaNoWriMo. Go outside if you must, just make sure that you aren't bothered in these 3-4 hour time frame. Get a rock if you must, as long as your workstation is a healthy workplace and you can sit down and write. For me, I'm always on the move, so I have my laptop handy just in case I need to jot down some ideas while I'm waiting for the next matter on my agenda. I found that the best places to work are car rides and small quiet parks. When I'm at home, I like to have a tall cup of coffee on my side and my desk as cluttered as possible. I have all my matters scattered in front of me at arm's length. This just works for me.

If you want a tip I could advise you on is to make a spreadsheet and keep track of all of your goals, and word counts that you've written throughout the month. This will allow you to make sure that your word counts are met. Now, I do believe that has its own trackers, but just in case that the website goes on for maintained, then you can update your progress and keep track of everything. Remember, to set reminders around yourself and on your phone so in case you get busy, you'll still remember that you have to write the next morning.

Now I understand that if something happens that's out of your power, and you can't do anything about it, then don't worry about it. If a family member dies, take the time off, there's always next year, or you can write after a few days, and vent your emotions out like that. The thing about it is that if you can't do anything about it, you shouldn't worry about it, however, if there is something you can do, then it's your responsibility to do something.

So here's the game plan. 1500 words a day minimum. Write from the hours of the break of sunrise, or before it, for the next 2-4 hours. Make a spreadsheet to keep track of your progress. These are the simple rules you've got to follow in order to complete NaNoWriMo 2018.