Ahoy, Mateys! I’m slipping into my alter-ego for a minute to bring you a YA Buccaneer NaNoWriMo Tip for our Treasure Hunt! Yes, it’s almost November, and to get ready, we’ve decided to post our favourite NaNo tips for you…as part of a treasure hunt. We also have a special prize up for grabs: an e-copy of Chris Baty’s NO PLOT? NO PROBLEM! All you have to do is leave a comment here and visit the next blog! I’ll post the link later in this post.
My special NaNoWriMo Tip is all about sleep. Yes, sleep. It may seem counter-productive to trying to write 50,000 words in one month, but you’ll thank me for this later, I promise.
Most people will forego as much sleep as they can handle in order to squeeze in the proper word count each day. Some will get up early, most will write into the wee hours of the night. But what if you had a good night’s sleep every second day? Wouldn’t you feel better and be able to think clearly? Of course! I don’t know about you, but if my brain is hopped up on caffeine for days on end, nothing makes sense any more. And all it takes is a few good hours of rest to start the synapses firing again.
So, remember as you begin NaNo…you’ll want to write as much as you can. The idea of staying up late is appealing…for the first week. Pretty soon, though, your body will be DYING for sleep. Go to bed early one or two nights a week. Or take a quick nap at lunch. Just make sure to get some rest or you will not only write jibberish, you’ll be no good to anyone else. It’s already a stressful period. Don’t add sleep deprivation induced aggravation to the list. GET SOME REST!
Now, be sure to leave a comment at the end of this post to earn an extra entry into the draw this month. And now head on over to see what Jas Ketch, Siren of the Seychelles, has to say about National Novel Writing Month! You’ll be glad you did, matey!
For now, Guppy Guts Skullcracker is setting sail! Ahoy!