It is National Novel Writing Month!
- What's that? You don't know what NaNoWriMo is?
On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.
Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.
Nnnnow, for our return friends...
Alright so you have decided to take on this beast. Congratulations. We’ve got a lot of words to write,
so let’s get started!
Even for an old hand at this, 1,667 words a day can be daunting (especially in dreaded week 3), even more so for a newcomer. But don’t worry, you can do it. I’m here to give you a few pointers and wave my pom poms around for you.
First, here’s a few things to keep in mind:
- Remember that NaNoWriMo isn’t a traditional contest. You are competing against yourself, and no one else. If you don’t finish, you haven’t failed. 25k words is 25k more of this book than you had before.
- You probably want to have an account on NaNoWriMo.org - they have fun widgets and forums to help you along, as well as weekly newsletters and encouragement during the event.
- Winning gets you 50% off Scrivener. Cool!
And now a few pieces of advice:
- If you do get stymied, don’t let it get you down. Write yourself a little note in the beginning as to why you are writing this book. Look at it when you need the reminder, it will help you keep going. There is an ebb and flow to this event, so just keep trucking and you will feel your mood lift before long.
- Do make an outline, however sketchy, just to have an overarching idea of how your book will go.
- Also make a schedule for yourself so you know when you can carve out writing time. It will be a relief just to know that time is already set aside for you, even if it is only an hour here and there.
- If the spirit moves you to write ahead, and a scene is really flowing, do it. There will be days where you are under count or just can’t write at all due to having a life. A buffer will definitely not hurt you.
- You do need to write when you can, even if it is only a few hundred words. Towards the end of the second week things often get hard and people get stymied. But you’ll need to push through it.
- And remember to use the community as a support network, either here at CRLiterature or at nanowrimo.org . The point is we are doing this together.
Even if it seems almost impossible to get this done, you can. Plenty of people do. So don’t worry about over-editing which might bog you down, and don’t worry about publishing, or what to do after, or anything like that. This is a draft. Once you have it, you can go through all the post writing steps. But you need to have it first, so that’s what you are going to do this month.
Check in with us here on this journal and in no more than 5 lines tell us about your NaNoWriMo project!