I have always wanted to do NaNoWriMo. For those of you who don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. Every November, thousands of writers make the goal to complete a 50,000 word novel in just one month. Ever since I first heard about the NaNoWriMo program, I’ve wanted to do it at least once. However, I usually couldn’t because of the busyness with school and work. But since I am between jobs right now, I’ve decided to cross NaNoWriMo off of my bucket list. In the past few weeks, I have taken steps to help me prepare to complete a full-length novel in just 30 days. Some of these steps include the following:
—Studied writing: I have taken classes, attended writer’s conferences, and read writing books in order to learn more about how to write well. I have also started to listen to an amazing podcast called Writing Excuses.
—Cleared out the month: In order to create more writing time in November, I have made an effort to complete tasks now rather than wait to do them later. For example, I have already written most of my blog posts for November.
—Made a calendar: Below is my personal calendar for NaNoWriMo which I created to adjust for no writing time on Thanksgiving and Sundays. As you can see, it shows my estimated word count for the others days as well as a space ready for the actual word count (which will hopefully be larger than the estimate).
—Created a book cover: This is optional, of course, and not as important as planning out your story. However, according to NaNoWriMo’s website, participants are 60% more likely to finish their story if they have a cover to go with it.
—Prepared the story: According to the rules of NaNoWriMo, you can’t start writing your novel until November 1st. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t prepare to write the story. Brainstorming and outlining are encouraged, and doing so can help to make the actual writing of your book run more smoothly.
I invite you to join me for NaNoWriMo so you can get your story written. If you have any additional suggestions on preparing for NaNoWriMo, share them in the comments below, on Facebook, or on Twitter.