What is it? “A fun, seat-of-you-pants approach to creative writing.”
For some, November is the month of getting your Christmas shopping done before the December rush. For writers, it is a month of noveling and over-caffeinated madness. Writing a novel in a month. Sounds impossible, right - without a massive amount of caffeine and all-nighters? Not true (well, except for the masses of caffeine part). It is, in fact, an achievable goal if you have the determination to do it. Also, if you turn off your inner editor (beating him/her over the head works, too) and just write, write, write for 30 days straight.
Goal: Write 50,000 words in 30 days.
Can it be done? With a lot of determination, planning and coffee - hell yes!
Technique: Some WriMos (participants in NaNoWriMo) are planners, some pantsers - as in fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants - and some use a combination. I happen to fall in the combination category, where I like to know the major things in a novel and fill in the minor things as I go. But whatever your style, if it works for you, then use it! It doesn’t matter what shape your story’s in at the end of the month, only the experiences and thrill of writing it matters. You can always fix it in
Software: I like writing in Scrivener. It’s organised and has electronic note cards where you can plan your story and … and puurrty. You can highlight and tag and make comments as you work. It’s well worth the $40(USD). There’s also a 30 day free trial.
Though, Microsoft Word works just fine, as well. So does the highly technical concept of pen and paper.
Writer's Digest. Writer’s Digest is a fantastic source, for writers at all levels and stages of their career - from newbies who need a bit or a lot of guidance to published authors. There are thousands of articles waiting to be discovered. And check out their of writing books while you're there!
Need some more help with dialogue and plotting? Writing4Sucess is the place for you.
What I’ll be working on: I’ll be writing The Hunted, a Young Adult Paranormal Romance, centred on an ancient story of the
Navajo Native Americans - the Skin Walkers. And I’m so excited to begin! Bring on November!
Ever wanted to write a novel? Have an idea in mind? Yes? I strongly encourage you to partake in NaNoWriMo. It’ll be a blast and you get to meet some pretty cool people! Some published authors are recruited to give pep talks throughout the month. Is there really a better time to write, when a whole month is dedicated to noveling?
Remember, all first drafts suck. Earnest Hemming way agrees.
If you’d like to support me during November, and the non-profit charity that runs NaNoWriMo (The Office of Letters and Light), you can make a donation through my supporter’s page here. Whatever you can give helps The Office of Letters and Light run NaNoWriMo and their Young Writers program. You’ll also be helping them build a more engaged and inspiring world and aiding thousands of other novelists who are taking part.
Interested in participating in NaNoWriMo and don’t know where to begin? Start here.