NaNo 2019 Day 3 — Crawling to catch up

If you’ve been following my NaNo 2019 posts, you’ll know that I deployed my not-so-secret wordcount-building weapon yesterday.

Yes, it’s early in the month to need to catch up on wordcount, but here we are.

One thing that is true about me is that I am a rule follower. A second is that I like games. When I discovered “crawls,” which combine gamification with stories to help build wordcount, I knew I’d found my perfect weapon.

For those who may be uninitiated, a crawl is a story someone has written that walks you through an adventure. They might be related to a favorite book (like Harry Potter or Stardust), comic, show, or movie (like Pokemon or The Princess Bride). They use different techniques to help you stay interested as you build your wordcount, such as the fifty-headed hydra or three-digit challenge, which are usually explained in the crawl. (If it’s not explained, I found searching the forums, or even checking out the NaNo wikipedia page, to be a big help).

If you get bored with vanilla sprints, and enjoy being in a story while you’re writing a story, I HIGHLY recommend checking out a crawl. I try to do them in just one to two days, and can usually get 3,000-6,000 words out of a single crawl.

And if you’re feeling really ambitious (maybe after November is over) there is even an instruction page for creating and posting your own crawl for other NaNo-ers to enjoy!

Yesterday, I used the Egyptian Tomb Crawl. I finished about half of it and managed just over 2k. I’ll do the rest today and will be all caught up on my wordcount, if not a little bit ahead.

Happy NaNo-ing!

I’ll be blogging my NaNo 2019 journey right here, so feel free to follow along. And let me know in the comments whether you like to turn writing into a game, and what your best techniques are for boosting wordcount.


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