Happy Halloween! 😀 I hope you have a fun and safe night tonight.
NaNoWriMo is tomorrow and it’s time to prep although you should have been prepping for a couple of months, but hey some of us are hardcore procrastinators. 😀 I never decide to do it until the last minute most years and this one is no exception. Here are the tips and tricks I use to stay on track.
It’s Simple Math
If you divide 50,000 words by the 30 days of November you get 1667. It’s sad because I’ve done NaNoWriMo so much I know that number by heart. I participate every year and I’ve never met the 50k goal at the end of the month. Don’t feel bad if you only get 30k or 15k or 5k! It’s 5k more than what you had. If you get more than 1667 while on fire, go for it! If you get ahead in your word count it leaves room for those days you don’t have much time, or any, to write.
If you’ve been following my blog (or are new!) now’s a good time to go back and look at outlines, character sheets, and world building. Try to have at least a basic outline ready so you can plow through. The more prepared you are the faster that word count will fly. Also check out my hero and villain workshops.
If you’re busy and you know it clap your hands! Check out my blog on Writing Efficiently for tips on how to make the best of your time. If you only have an hour to pump out those 1667 words make the most use of it.
Be As Social/Anti-Social As You Want
Whether you thrive or dive in the company of others, use it to your advantage. Don’t do well in groups? Become a creature of solitude in the night! Mwa ha ha ha! Don’t forget the cape. But seriously, if you do well in the company of other writers there are NaNoWriMo groups in your area. If there’s not you have an opportunity to start one and meet some fellow writers. If you’re like me and most of your friends who participate are online, you can meet up on Skype or any other free chat program for online write ins.
Sign up on the NaNoWriMo website to get all sorts of goodies. It’ll help you find people in your area doing write ins, show off badges of milestones in your writing, and you get to see progress! Who doesn’t love progress! You get emails to help you stay on track and work on your novel all year round.
Other Posts You May Find Helpful
I’ve been blogging about world building and preparation for nearly a year. Here are a few of my other posts you may find helpful or encouraging.
World Building Part 1: Basics
World Building Part 2: Religion
World Building Part 3: Nation Creation
World Building Part 4: Government
World Building Part 5: Calendar
World Building Part 6: Map Making
World Building Part 7: Culture
World Building Part 8: Floor Plans & Architecture
World Building Part 9: Creatures
Take A Deep Breath
It’s a lot of work just to prepare for, much less accomplish, your novel in a month. You don’t have to do all of it and can just start off with something random that blossoms into an amazing story. If it’s how you work, well, that’s how you work! It’s okay if you don’t meet the 50k goal. The important thing is to take the time to try and get started. If you don’t start, there’s nothing to finish. Until next time! 😀