National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is just around the corner and wordsmiths all over are in preparation for a productive (and sleep deprived) month of writing. For those who are unaware, NaNo starts November 1 and ends November 30 and is meant for novelists to pen 50,000 words in 30 days.
To prepare yourself for the challenge of NaNoWriMo you must first ask yourself three questions right now.
1. What do I want to happen in my story?
2. What is my main character going to want?
3. What is going to be my turning point?
Start thinking about these now as you prepare your mind (and your fingers) for NaNoWriMo. If you can get these thoughts going you’ll be in a much better position when NaNo actually starts and be in a position to have something meaningful that has the potential to be published when NaNo ends.
Another idea to get you started for NaNo is to begin an outline. Starting an outline a few days prior to the challenge can keep you on track and help you hash out ideas before the 50,000 word cram.
Break your 50,000 words down into smaller chunks. Block off a few hours a day in your schedule and write. Try to write 2,000 or more words at a time to keep yourself on schedule. This will allow for any conflicts and changes that may occur.
Keep a notebook with you at all times. Keeping a notebook with you for the month of NaNoWriMo will allow you to brainstorm ideas while you are away from your novel. Anytime you get an idea, jot it down. You’ll be surprised at how often you’ll be thinking about your novel while you are away from it.
Don’t forget to sign up for your account on the NaNoWriMo website and join some local groups. These groups are extremely helpful for keeping you on track and many do local write-ins where they gather together and write as much as they can for as long as they can.
The most important thing to remember about NaNo is to just have fun.
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