7 Tips On How To Win NaNoWriMo This Year, As Told By A Previous Winner

7 Tips On How To Win NaNoWriMo This Year, As Told By A Previous Winner

A few notes from a 2011 winner.
34
views

As Halloween draws closer and closer, writers across the world are taking their last breath of fresh air for the next thirty days. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) begins this week and asks a simple task of its participants: write a 50,000-word novel in one month.

It may sound like an impossible feat, but as someone who completed November 2011 with a fresh novel, I can confirm that it is very doable, as long as you keep to a few simple rules.

1. Plan ahead

You don't need a full outline of your story, because you'll most likely stray from it throughout the month, but you need a general idea of where you're going to start and where you're heading. Think of it more like a list of checkpoints, places the story needs to go that you can work toward every day. If you go in blind, you risk finding yourself lost halfway through the month.

2. Be prepared to change that plan

Any writer knows that the characters don't always listen to you. You don't have enough time to question why the story wants to change, so be spontaneous and let the story go where it needs to. New ideas are going to hit you throughout the month, so rather than avoid them out of a fear of losing track of your original plotline and wishing you could go back, find a place for them and explore.

3. Schedule your writing

Don't assume you'll find the time to write every day. You need to have a time in mind when you'll be able to sit down and write. It doesn't have to be a specific number on the clock every day. It can just be "after dinner" or "after I finish this homework" or "after I make this phone call." Just know when you're going to write by the end of the day.

4. Don't edit as you write

It can take me ages to write a paragraph because I'm constantly editing myself as I go, but NaNoWriMo moves too quickly to reword as you write. Get everything down on the page, and if you meet the 1,666 word goal for the day and really need to fix something, then you can take the time to go back and edit. You always have the end of the month to edit, too.

5. If you get stuck, skip ahead

Writer's block seems to thrive right when you need to write most. If it hits during NaNoWriMo, skip the scene you're writing. Jump forward to another checkpoint that you know you can write. Write a scene you're excited to get to. The most important thing to remember is to just keep moving.

6. Update your NaNoWriMo profile often

Some don't use NaNoWriMo's website to track their progress, but making a free account there can be worth it. Seeing the graph on your profile take a step up every day as you update your word count will make you feel good and inspire you to keep it ticking.

7. Get your friends to join you

The only year every one of my friends finished NaNoWriMo was the year we all decided to complete it together. While completing your novel will feel good, it will feel even better to beat your friends. Tracking your progress against others will inspire you to keep going. It doesn't even need to be people you know in real life, it could be other writers in your town's NaNoWriMo community, or just other people online. You can even add me to your buddies over here.

I'll see you at the end of November.

Cover Image Credit: National Novel Writing Month

Popular Right Now

75 Last-Minute College Halloween Costume Ideas

To all the procrastinators out there: I got you.
67926
views

Halloween is only a few days away and is a time to have fun getting dressed up as practically anything you want to be. This year, the college gods have blessed us by putting Halloween on a Saturday and if you’re not a freshman, you know what that means: two nights of fun and two different costumes!

SEE ALSO: 11 Feminist Halloween Costumes You Don't Need Cleavage To Feel Sexy In

Now if you obsess over Halloween like I do, you probably plan your costume months in advance and wait around until it’s finally time to wear it. Kudos to your crafty self for not procrastinating! But maybe you’re more of a last-minute type of person who scrambles to find a costume the day before Halloween. Or maybe you’re the type of person who wears normal street clothes when you go out on Halloween because you “couldn’t think of anything.” Here are 70 worthy costume options I’ve seen throughout this year's picking process that I would love to see people sporting on Saturday. Feel free to adapt any of these ideas and make them your own!



1. Ginger Bread Man

If you're a red head and I see you dressed like this, I'm buying you a drink.





2. Brawny Man


Nothing's manlier than paper towels.







3. Rosie The Riveter

Girl power.


4. Elmer’s Glue

People will be stuck on you all night!





5. Ned Flanders




6. Ceiling Fan




7. Laziest of the Lazy

Even this is better than wearing no costume at all.






8. Regina George






9. Beanie Baby

How to do it: dress up as any animal you want and wear a paper TY sign around your neck. Easy!




10. Heisenberg

Or, even better, if you happen to own a burger suit, wear it with the hat and glasses and be Heisenburger.




11. When Life Hands You Lemons

Lazy, cheap, and clever. What can be better?




12. Dancing Twins Emoji




13. Bank Emoji




14. Nudist On Strike

Nothing says lazy and last-minute like this!




15. Margarita






16. Franzia

And yes, that is me sophomore year.




17. Sim Getting Out of the Shower

18. Strawberry



Red dress + paper cutouts = this sweet costume!




19. Pineapple

A yellow dress and green paper is all you need!



20. M&Ms


21. Wayne & Garth

Party time! Excellent!




22. Blue & Steve

23. Dora the Explorer

Just please don't make it slutty.




24. Hot Rod


25. Game Boy






26. Reggie Rocket




27. Ace Ventura






28. Energizer Bunny

Keep the party going!

29. Crayon




30. Sriracha

Add a little spice to everyone's night.


31. Dilbert

32. Dexter and His Victim


33. Spice Rack

At least one person might think it's funny?

34. Bamm Bamm & Pebbles


35. Curious George & The Man in the Yellow Hat



AKA one of the cutest things I've seen in a while.





36. Ice Cream Cone







37. Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy



What's better than wearing slippers all night?





38. Lilo and Stitch







39. Kermit the Frog







40. Blair and Serena

XOXO, Gossip Girl.





41. Cat & Dog

For you and your inseparable friend.


42. Spongebob & Patrick


43. Damien from Mean Girls









44. Teletubbies









45. Deviled Egg







46. Pacman Ghost





47. Clueless





48. Miss Universe

Just wear galaxy print and a homemade sash!





49. Cereal Killer







50. Almond Joy and Mounds


Relationship goals amirite?





51. Tom Hanks and Wilson from Castaway







52. Most Interesting Man in the World and Dos Equis







53. Bud Light Year





54. Drunk 1 and Drunk 2




Just be honest with everyone.



55. Pinata


I wouldn't recommend wearing this if it's supposed to rain. I learned that lesson the hard way freshman year.


56. Ash and Pikachu




57. Cruella De Ville and Dalmatian



58. Loofah


Bonus: it doubles as something to sleep on in case you don't make it to your bed.



59. Beer



60. Troll Doll


Your childhood nightmares turned into a costume.



61. Garth & Kat from SNL




62. Target Lady from SNL




63. Moaning Myrtle




64. Death Eater




65. Napoleon Dynamite Characters




66. Taco Bell Sauce Packets




67. Candy Corn



68. Solo Cup





69. Gum Ball Machine




70. Skeleton




71. Cuzco from Emperor's New Groove




72. Darla from Finding Nemo




73. T.J. and Spinelli from Recess




74. Kim Possible


Call me, beep me, if you wanna reach me.



75. Russell & Mr. Fredrickson from "Up"




There you go! Now you have 75 potential costume options, so if you still go out in normal clothes, you'll have to tell people the real reason you're not dressed up: you're lazy. I hope these inspire at least someone and I'd love to see these being rocked this weekend!


Happy Halloween!

Cover Image Credit: http://www.technologytell.com/entertainment/files/2013/10/Costumes-Cats_06.jpg

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

Forget Halloween Costumes And Trick Or Treating, Inktober Has My Full Attention This Year

Inktober dares artists to push some time for themselves to draw at least one drawing each day in their October schedules.

290
views

Besides waiting for October to celebrate Halloween, artists look forward to something else in October, which is Inktober.

Inktober means artists can draw things each day according to the month of October, under the requirement that they must be drawn in ink. Often times, many people will think it is a waste of time to draw during the month of October, but it's not for artists. Other than putting up costumes and preparing Halloween decorations, artists can try out ink for the first time if they have not done so already during this time of the year when drawing. Also, for ink, artists do not have to use expensive or any fancy ink at all, it can just be simply drawing with pens that have ink. And of course, artists need to draw on a paper to do Inktober as well.

In addition, this does not only challenge artists in drawing in ink but also their consistency and time management. Inktober is more fun if you actually do create one ink drawing each day in October. However, many people who are so busy with their lives, have the tendency of not able to have time to draw. Therefore, Inktober dares artists to push some time for themselves to draw at least one drawing each day in their October schedules.

Besides challenging artists for time management and consistency, it is also a time for artists to see and view other artists' Inktober drawings. This is also the best part. Artists will then can see many unique and beautiful Inktober drawings posted on social media such as Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram. Then, all the inspiration will be overflowing within the artists during the month of October. This is the perfect time to do Inktober because this October is a big hype for many Halloween festivities and film anniversaries. Artists will then be in touch with their creativity and imagination this October.

Furthermore, this year is the first time that I have tried Inktober, which is great to do in an hour or so. Although I was cluttered with lots of work and homework, I decided to take a little time off from them and give myself some time to draw a little to celebrate October. It is a perfect way to cope with stress. As I was drawing for Inktober, I already forgot what I was stressing about. Then, I was amazed by what I could draw with ink. After, when I am done with an Inktober, I will have the confidence to finish up my homework. Other than that, you will also be amazed by how your Inktober drawing turns out at the end and the reaction you will get after seeing the finished product of your Inktober drawing.

It's another fun activity that I insist artists should do this October because it's another way for artists to express themselves through drawing. I also encourage artists to hurry to do some of the Inktober because it only lasts only in October, which means one month. Overall, I am excited to see what kind of Inktober drawings there'll be for this year!

Related Content

Facebook Comments