The moment October 1st hit, the thought “You need to start planning for NaNoWriMo” hopped into my mind, because it confirmed that November is just around the corner.
If you are not familiar with NaNoWriMo, this post is a quick introduction to get you up to speed. I decided I would post a blog each Monday this month to give my readers tips and tricks about participating in this event, based on what I’ve learned over the last three years.
I’ve participated in National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo, since November 2013. NaNoWriMo is an annual event where writers commit to write 50,000 words in a single month.
First of all, head on over to nanowrimo.org and sign up! The great thing about the website, is it will give you a place to keep track of your novel’s details and word count. You can also add friends (aka Writing Buddies) who are participating and track each other’s progress once November starts. I tend to be a competitive person, so if I am falling behind and my friend is killing it, seeing their word count grow motivates me to keep working on mine. My screenname on nanowrimo.org is freudianslipped, feel free to add me if you are participating this year!
Every Monday for the next month, I’ll be covering topics related to NaNoWrimo, and here is what I’ll cover:
Oct. 10 – Plotter or Pantser? Do you like to outline, or would you prefer to fly by the seat of your pants and make it up as you go?
Oct.17 – Writing Sprints. What are they and how can they help you make that daily word count goal.
Oct.24 – Write-ins. Whether you are going to a coffee shop, or participating on Twitter, these can be a great way to get writing.
Oct. 31 – Keep Going! Ways to help you catch up if you fall behind in November.
Are you participating in Nano? Is this your first year or are you an old pro? I’d love to hear about it!