It’s that time of the year again; winter is coming, and with it comes the whirlwind of panic writers have dubbed NaNoWriMo. For those of you who aren’t familiar, NaNoWriMo is an abbreviation for National Novel Writing Month. During the month of November, creative writers of all skill levels across the globe aspire to write a 50,000 worded novel by 11:59 pm, Nov. 30th.
The online platform writers sign up on helps them log their word counts and connects them to other NaNoWriMo goers in their regions; regions often hold events called “write-ins”, where everyone in that area participating can get together, socialize, and write!
If this is your first NaNoWriMo experience (like me), here are six tips on how we can both (hopefully) sludge through this crazy time. Let’s go on this journey together.
Pick a story and stick with it.
Get connected at write-ins.
*Writers gasp in the distance; one keels over clutching his heart and actually dies* NaNoWriMo is all about output; you gotta keep in mind that 50,000-word goal while progressing through your story. Editing is what December is for.
Schedule out a time to write.
Set a specific daily word count goal.
50,000 words is a hella lot of words, and we only have a month to put them down on paper. It’ll be a lot easier to accomplish if you plan out how many words or pages you need to write a day in order to stay on track.
Adopt a writing buddy.
Good luck fellow writers, and Godspeed.