National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is just around the corner. On November 1st, thousands of writers will begin a month of furious writing with the hopes of knocking out 50,000 words of a novel. Crazy, right?
If you’re umming and ahhing about taking part, we’ve got 7 tips to get you ready to take the plunge.
Have a plan
You’ve got 50,000 words to write. The last thing you want is to get halfway and flounder for a week because you don’t know where you want your story to go next – that a lot of lost words! Having a plan means you can zip straight through, not stopping to work out if anything makes sense because you’ve already done it.
Don’t be afraid to go off-plan
If your characters start leading you in a different direction after 10,000 words, don’t be afraid to follow them even if it’s not in your plan. Who knows where they’ll lead you?
Sign up with NaNoWriMo
Writing is a lonely business, but signing up and logging your novel makes it official. It gives you thousands of people to be cheered on by and for you to cheer on – you’ll be empowered by yours and others’ success. Hopefully.
Track your progress & break it down
50,000 words is a huge number and it can sound impossible, but broken down, that’s 1666 words a day. Still a big number, but totally doable. And maybe one day you’ll fly ahead and write 2200 so the next time you’re struggling, you can write 1000 and still be on target.
Have a writing party
Have a few buddies that are NaNo-ing too? Get everyone together, provide snacks and caffeine, lock yourself in the house for the day and WRITE. You’ll be amazed at how good it feels to bounce ideas off each other, draw on each other’s inspiration and just not feel like you’re going a little batty in your own little world.
Go to a NaNo Write-In
If you’re not lucky enough to have writerly friends, check out your local NaNo rep and go along to a write-in! You could have a new regular writing group on your hands before you know it.
Remember that you’re writing because you love it. You’re writing because you have a story to tell, something to say. And if you don’t meet the 50,000 words by the end of November? Not the end of the world. You’ve got way more words down than you would have in any other month. Bask in it, be proud of yourself.
Have you done NaNoWriMo before? Give us your best tips in the comments below.
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