A Writer's Guide to NaNoWriMo- Part 2!

Yesterday I posted part one of my Writer’s Guide to NaNoWriMo. This is something that I am sharing with my fellow WriMos in the USA:: New York:: Oswego region and I figured I would share it with all of you on the interwebs as well!

boundlessnovelbanner50k!!! That’s a lot of writing! What if I get writer’s block?

We all get writer’s block from time to time, but there are a few things you can do!

  • Get your handy-dandy plot ninjas, pluck one out of there and try to work it in to your novel!
  • Start a new, completely unrelated scene or chapter or change points of view, you can always fill in the gaps or change things if you decide to revise!
  • Take a break and go for a walk— you’d be surprised how much this helps. It gets your blood pumping, and you can think about your novel (or completely unrelated things) for a little while before going back to write.
  • Look online— there are plenty of resources to help you!

 

Should I plan out my whole story?

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If you want to! Plotters outline or plan out aspects of their story before writing— some in a lot of detail, others in little. Pantsers fly by the seat of their pants and just write whatever comes to mind. Plantsers are some combination of the two.

You can do whatever you feel is right for you!

To Pants or to Plan (that is the question)

What do I need to do to participate?

  • Go to NaNoWriMo.org, sign up and create your novel
    • Select a home region to get updates and pep talks from your local pals!
    • Get something to write on or with and get writing!

But I get so distracted!!!

Try to get into a writing routine before NaNoWriMo. If you can’t do it before the month starts, try to go somewhere with little to no distractions. I have my craft room in my house. It doesn’t have a TV and other than yarn in it, it’s pretty damn empty. Coffee shops are great for writing, but sometimes other people’s conversations (which can be great for inspiration) can distract me– or I find myself singing along to the song on the radio instead of writing.

Try to create a distraction-free zone for yourself when you sit down to do your writing for the day.

Word Wars and Word Sprints are great for keeping your focus on your writing as well– they put the pressure on to get words on paper.

I’ve never written a novel before though!

So what! You want to right? Do it then :).

 

Here are some posts to help you along the way!

NaNo Prep- Brainstorming

NaNo Prep- Creating Your Characters

NaNo Prep- Convincing Villains

NaNo Prep- Let’s Talk About Plot!

A Writer's Guide to NaNoWriMo Part 1

As ML for the USA:: New York:: Oswego region, I’ve been trying to put together a Guide to NanoWriMo. I want it to be something informative for the first-time participants, but also something silly and fun for returning writers as well. Here is what I came up with for part one of my Writer’s Guide to NaNoWriMo.

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Wecome to our favorite month of the year, National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) for short!

What on Earth is NaNoWriMo, you ask?:

A challenge for writers to write an entire novel of 50k words in 1 month.

Is that even possible?:

Yes.

But how? Let me tell you how!

During NaNoWriMo, your challenge is to write 50k words.

Yes, I know that’s a lot, but look at it this way:

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  • There are 30 days in the month of November
  • 50,000 divided by 30 is 1,667 words a day
    • Now don’t let that scare you away! That is still a lot of words, but you would be surprised how many words an hour of writing a day can produce!

But you’re not alone!!!

The NaNoWriMo community is very supportive! We’re all in this together and one of the great things about participating is that we can help one another.

How can I get 50k written in one month?:

  • NanoKeepCalmWrite every single day, even if you don’t meet your daily word count goal! It helps to look at your daily schedule and find a time that works best for you.
    • If you have to miss a day, try to make up for it as soon as possible, so you don’t fall too far behind.
  • Don’t edit as you write. This is a first draft. Expect that it will be crappy. Just get your story out. Don’t go back and read, it will only hinder your progress going forward.
  • Coffee (and lots of it), for those of you who drink coffee. Tea and cocoa work too J. Just make sure to also drink plenty of water to stay hydrated as well.
  • Find a story that inspires you and that you are excited to write!
  • If you think it will help you, plan out what you are going to write. There are plenty of resources online: brainstorming strategies, character questionnaires, plot story structures, and more.
  • Write with others. Writing is usually a pretty solitary activity, but in our write-ins we will be talking to one another and trying to help each other with our writing.
  • Word sprints and word wars- basically timed spurts of writing where you try to get as many words out as you possibly can. You’d be surprised how much you can write in 10/15/20 minutes.
    • We will do these at our write-ins, but @NaNoWordSprints on Twitter runs these all month long.

OMG are you crazy???

Yep.

What’s in your Writer’s Guide to NaNoWriMo?

Keep a look out for part 2, coming your way tomorrow!