For those of you who don’t know, NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month, begins on November 1st.
NaNoWriMo is a challege to writers, or people who want to be writers to complete a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.
Yes, I know that sounds impossible. Who can actually complete a 50k word novel in 30 days? A superhero? A crazy person? Someone who does nothing but write non-stop for 30 days?
But the real answer is you.
Yes, you can write a novel in one month. Here’s how!
Go to www.nanowrimo.org
- Here you will make your username, create your novel, find great resources, and meet/talk to other participants.
2. Figure out what you want to write
- Do you have a novel or story idea that’s been burning inside of you, dying to find it’s way out?
- Have you always wanted to write a novel and just haven’t done it, or haven’t come up with an idea?
*** Both are perfect for NaNoWriMo***
- Figure out what kind of story you want to write and what audience you want to write it for (children, middle grade, young adult, new adult, adult, etc).
- This can change but it’s good to have a general idea!
- I will post a blog post about this tomorrow for those of you who are still struggling to come up with an idea.
3. Come up with characters, conflict, and plot
- It’s up to you how much you want to plan, but it’s a good idea to have at least a general idea
of your characters, conflict, and some plot points.
- Characters– post I wrote last year to help the class I was teaching develop characters!
- Conflict– without conflict you have no story– check out this post to learn more.
- Worldbuilding– does your story take place in this world, another one, or some combination of the two, this post should help you out.
- Plot– Check out A Writer’s Guide to NaNoWriMo parts 1 and 2
4. Do you need to research anything?
- A time period, place, or people?
- Doing at least a little of this before hand will prevent you from having to do so much of it when you write.
5. Come November 1st at 12:01 am- Write!!!
- Write your little heart out.
- 50k in 30 days means about 1,667 words a day.