Hello everyone! Can you feel the excitement in the air? Preptober has begun and many of us writers are starting to prepare for NaNoWriMo!
Over the next few weeks, I will be writing a series of posts about the different aspects of preparing for NaNoWriMo.
But before we jump into all those details in due course, in today's post I want to explore the essentials of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I'll be sharing some tips and tricks to help you stay motivated and engaged throughout the month. Whether you're a seasoned writer or just starting out, NaNoWriMo can be a great opportunity to challenge yourself and make significant progress on your writing projects. So let's dive in!
What is NaNoWriMo?
NaNoWriMo is an annual writing challenge that takes place every November. The goal is to write 50,000 words in one month, which averages out to about 1,667 words per day. It is a global event where writers from all over the world come together to work on their novels and other writing projects. NaNoWriMo also offers Camp NaNoWriMo in April and July, where you can set your own writing goals.
Why participate in NaNoWriMo?
Many writers participate in NaNoWriMo as a personal challenge to push themselves to complete a writing project. It provides a dedicated time to focus on writing and helps establish a daily writing habit. It also provides a supportive community of fellow writers through forums and events.
Outlining and character creation
Before you start writing, spend some time outlining your story using methods such as the “Save the Cat” template or the 7-Point Story Structure. Have a clear idea of where your story begins and ends, as well as the main plot points. In addition, focus on creating well-rounded characters with unique goals, motivations, and flaws.
If you're writing a fantasy story or a novel with a unique setting, take time to develop your world-building elements. Think about the geography, cultures, and relationships within your world to add depth to your story. Use mind maps or bullet point lists to keep track of your ideas.
Stay motivated, hold yourself accountable and pace yourself
Writing can be a challenging and lonely task, so it's important to find ways to stay motivated. Create a writing playlist with music that sets the mood for your story. Pace yourself throughout the month and set realistic goals based on your schedule. Use time management techniques such as the Pomodoro Technique to increase productivity and break your writing sessions into manageable chunks. Find writing snacks or treats that keep you energised. But remember that self-care is essential. Don't beat yourself up if you miss a day or don't reach your word count goal.
Track your progress and celebrate milestones
Use the NaNoWriMo website to update your word count progress and access helpful statistics. In addition, consider using tools like Notion to keep track of your writing goals and milestones. Celebrate your achievements along the way, no matter how big or small.
NaNoWriMo is an exciting opportunity for writers to challenge themselves, make progress on their writing projects, and connect with a supportive community. With proper preparation, pacing, and motivation, you can successfully complete the challenge and make significant progress on your writing journey. Remember, the most important thing is to enjoy the process and have fun writing!