Well, besides from having a plan, that is. More on that to come later.
In the meantime, I’ve figured out a great way to boost wordcounts with minimal agony. It’s easy:
Skip the hard parts. Write what flows.
This is a first draft after all, so if I shove some “telling” garbage in brackets and leave myself a note to “show” or flesh it out later, I can get to the juicy bits quicker. I’m writing what I want to write. And boy is it easy once you get on a roll. The characters speak for you and you’re channeling, not writing anymore.
Certainly, that roll isn’t gonna happen if you don’t begin to force yourself on to a writing schedule. For me, that means waking up at 6am on days I have off and skipping the nap after work on days I don’t. Aim for a thousand words. With research, that goal isn’t always possible. But when the research hits critical mass and you begin to see the forest for the trees you begin to realize, “holy fuck if this were a word war I’d be kicking some serious ass, motherfuckers.”
4,754 of 75,000 and counting. Ten days left til my first real check in, and almost 16k to go to be on track. If I sprint like NaNo I can do this.