National November Writing Month is on us again. It’s that time of year when you shake your head and wonder what the hell you’ve done with your writing year when you haven’t got even one of the ideas in your head vaguely finished, before you remember that real life has a habit of sneaking in…
One solution might be to join NaNoWriMo. It’s an event that helps to encourage you to write a book – from scratch – with hundreds of thousands of other people around the world. This way, you might just finish. Your aim is to write 50,000 words. That’s only 1,667 words per day…
There is a ton of advice appearing online about how to do it well but here’s a couple of the best:
3 Ways to Not Fail at NaNoWriMo by Joe Bunting on thewritepractice.com – If you want to be one of the 10% of people who do actually finish then you need to do 3 key things to succeed and best to do them now, before November begins (“get a plan, get a team, get a rhythm”). He also raises the same point I made on my last post about not aiming for perfectionism at this point. Don’t edit, just keep going, until December at least).
How to Outline During National Plot Your Novel Month by terribleminds.com – This is a really detailed overview on how to outline your book (absolutely essential, even for the writer who is a “pantser by heart, a plotter by necessity”) and he urges you to get started now.
Don’t forget to use the resources on the NaNoWriMo site too. You can find a coach, compete in word sprints (timed writing exercises), look for a partner in crime, join the virtual write-in on youtube and read all the info they have on writing in general.
It should come as no surprise that you need to start planning now to achieve the most from your month and everyone is clear on one thing; to really achieve it, you need to really commit. Forewarn your friends and family that they might not see you much during November and give a shout-out over Twitter and you might find some support (I did) which can help to keep you going over the coming nights. Good luck!
Like this? I occasionally send out newsletters full of useful writing advice and reading titbits. If you want to receive them, click HERE to subscribe.