Monday, August 2, 2010
This is my second year doing NaNoWriMo and I’ve learned so much from last year and I thought I would share my newfound wisdom with you and for those of you who aren’t sure whether or not you’ll be participating in this writing madness, hopefully I will convince you to join in the fun as well!
Okay, first, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and basically what you do is spend the month of November attempting to write a 50,000 word novel! Crazy, right? It might sound impossible, but trust me, if you’re dedicated enough, it can happen.
First you have to sign up to get your account on NaNoWriMo’s website (you can do so by clicking here) and, when November starts, you can start entering in your word count. This account can also help you connect with other people who are doing NaNoWriMo in your community so you can meet up and write together.
Now that I’ve covered the basics, I should move onto the tips that I learned from last year that will help you with your novel writing adventure.
1. Plan in advance. Get your entire story mapped out with ideas and thoughts already written down so that you won’t have to waste time on that during November. Trust me, if you think you can wing it, you’re wrong.
2. Pick the names for your characters. I know that I spend way too much time trying to find names for my characters and that’s time that I need to use for writing. Go to websites like Nameberry.com or Babynames.com to help with your search. Keep a list of your favorite names nearby just in case you need a name for a newly invented character during November.
3. Make a goal for yourself. Last NaNoWriMo, I made a goal to write at least 2,000 words a day. Technically, it would take 1,666 words a day to make it to 50,000 by the end of the month but writing 2,000 words a day kept me ahead of schedule and allowed me to take a break once in awhile when I needed it.
4. Never stop writing. During the first week, you’ll feel extremely motivated and excited but when the second week hits, you’re going to wish you’d never even started this crazy adventure. But it’s important to not let this get the best of you, even when you’re not in the mood to write, you must write on until you are as Jane Austen would say.
So even though it’s three months away, you might want to get started on getting your story ideas ready now. I’ve already started thinking up ideas for my novel and I can’t wait to get started on writing it! I hope you join me in another adventure this November, trust me, you won’t regret it!
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