Alright its coming back… National Novel Writing Month. Is anyone else as pumped as I am. Maybe its because I have been wanting to attempt another book for around a month now but knew I would not be able to stick to writing during school months without having a deadline.
For those of you who don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, basically its a challenge where you join the website and have a set goal of 50,000 words by the end of the month (November). Its such a great place where other writers are there to support you, give you tips, and encourage you to keep writing.
Yes yes I know that does sound kind of daunting just thinking about having to write that much in a time limit like that but really I find it rather fun! I participated last year and had an absolute blast.
Today I thought I would give MY 5 tips on how to survive NaNoWriMo… duh duh duuuuhh!!!
Okay I know there are many people who log into the NaNoWriMo website on the first day of November to set everything up and go from there but I’m telling you today getting prepared is the key to being able to get these words written and finish your novel. No No No I don’t mean start your novel early, thats not what I mean at all, wheres the challenge and fun in that? What I mean is I encourage you all to log in a few days ahead of time to enter your novel for the month. There are so many things your should be setting up and it could take a little while to do. Theres no use in waisting precious writing time on these settings if you can do it a few days before!
Now hopefully if you are entering NaNoWriMo you have some idea of what type of novel you want to write and what its about. This is pretty essential to start thinking of ahead of time. Like I said above, YOU ONLY HAVE 30 DAYS, Make good use of them!
Many people write in very different work environments, some need absolutely no sound, some need to have music or the tv playing in the background. I find that discovering a designated work area makes me focus better and get down to work. Preferably one with no people to distract you from the task at hand.
Okay every writer knows you can’t focus on an empty stomach, and unless you want to get up and look for food …and get distracted in the kitchen.. I would recommend getting your stash ready and beside you. Thus no need to leave your seat!
I am the type of person who usually hits a writers block pretty fast, the thing is if this happens of course take a break but still focus on the direction of the novel. This is where Inspiration boards come in handy. If your a Pinterest addict like me, set up a board just for visual inspiration for the style of your novel. It gets the hard part of your novel you are stuck on out of your mind and honestly its pretty fun! If you’re interested in checking out my Pinterest click HERE!
Of course there are many other things you can do to prepare and get ready for this big month but I promise you will do fine, and hey If you are even thinking about trying Writing month out the tiniest bit GO FOR IT! Just an attempt can get your creative juices flowing ( Low-key hate that expression but it works here hah)
Hope this helped you out a little and I will see you on Monday!