NaNoWriMo Tip #12: The Regimen

Peter Straub It is necessary for any writer to write on a schedule, writing every day at least a little.  If you are participating in the NaNoWriMo and do not stick to a regimen of writing, you will soon find yourself way behind the goals you have set for yourself.

Peter Straub rises every morning, dresses in his signature slacks, dress shirt, suspenders and bow tie, climbs the stairs to his third floor studio and writes all day as if it were a day job, taking a break in the morning, a lunch break and then a break in the afternoon.

If you do not keep with a daily regimen of writing, you may suffer the following pitfalls and NaNoWriMo will slip through your fingers:

1.  Procrastination - One day spent not writing may become another day and then a week.  You must schedule time to write every day.

2.  Distractions - If you procrastinate because you want to watch "Walking Dead" or something, you will soon find yourself watching episode after episode of "Angel" or something inocuous rather than writing.  Distractions can be addictive practices.  Unplug your television NOW.

3.  Social Engagements - NaNoWriMo is only one month.  You social butterflies out there may have a rough month, but you don't need to go hang out at your friend's house or (my kryptonite) the comic book store.  Write!  Write!  Write!