Are you writing this month? November is the month in which many people are putting their pens to paper (or fingers to keys) to write a novel for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), or focus on their academic writing for AcWriMo (Academic Writing Month).
If you haven’t already set some writing goals this month, it’s not too late to join in! Here are some great tips to help you succeed in writing this month.
Set a goal. An important first step in starting to write is deciding what you are writing about and why you are writing it. Set at least one goal that will push you to write, but is achievable by the end of the month.
Write a little bit each day. Even if it’s just a sentence or two, try to write a little bit each day. I guarantee that those little bits will add up to more than you started with at the beginning of the month!
Schedule your writing. Writing takes time, just like any other task and you’ll be more likely to do it if you actively set aside some time each day to do it. Go ahead and add a half-hour event on each day in November to your calendar right now!
Stay organized. If you’re writing an academic paper and citing sources, make sure you get all your sources organized in a way that will help you to continue writing without having to pause your flow of ideas while trying to find the source you want to cite. Mendeley, Zotero, RefWorks, and EndNote are all great tools that can help you keep your research organized, but even just making sure you know where all your sources are is a great help.
Talk to others about your writing. One way to stay motivated is to talk to others about your writing goal(s) and what you are writing about. Sometimes you’ll get great ideas during a conversation that will help to move your writing along, and those that you share with can help keep you accountable by asking about your progress throughout the month.
At the library, we have lots of resources to help you write! Here are some books in our collection that may be useful for either your academic writing or for writing a novel.
If you’re writing something this month or want to share a tip that has helped you write, please share in the comments!