Today is the official start of NaNoWriMo! Are you ready? Well not to worry, I have a few extras to help get you off to a great start!
What is NaNoWriMo?
NaNoWriMo is a worldwide event and contest that takes place every year in the month of November. The organization sponsors a website where you can join the event, commit to writing at least a 50,000 word novel over the 30 days of November, track your progress, get access to pep talks and support, and meet fellow writers. You earn badges as you progress and can even start a sponsor page where your friends and family can sponsor your writing.
You write your novel using your own materials: on your preferred word-processing program, by hand, by typewriter, etc. All writers at any stage are welcome. Outlines, character sketches, and other planning steps are encouraged. Just be sure to only count words written during the month. Your novel is fully protected!
See below for links to sign up!
What Do You Win if You Win?
You win NaNoWriMo by writing 50,000 words of your novel between November 1 and November 30. There’s no limit on how many people can win! Just be sure that you’ve validated your 50,000-word novel by turning it in anytime between November 20th and November 30th at 11:59 pm.
You will still win if you reach your goal but have not yet “completed” your novel. Keep writing! What you win is the satisfaction that you’ve completed a novel in thirty days and a collection of Wrimo-only offers from righteous companies who donated to NaNoWriMo in 2016.
Over 250 NaNoWriMo novels have been traditionally published.
- Take risks with your writing.
- Drink coffee. A lot of coffee.
- Make a playlist to be your novel-writing soundtrack.
- The first week is easier than the second week
- Lower your standards for household cleanliness. You can clean in December.
- If you are stuck for finding a quiet place in your house to write, try the bathroom. People rarely interrupt when you’re in the bathroom.
- Back up your work; emailing pages to yourself is a good option.
- Don’t edit what you’ve already written – keep moving forward.
- Take occasional breaks while writing to step outside.
- Reward yourself for work completed
- Don’t give up.
Some Great Advice
- A Writer’s Perspective
- What Makes the Difference In Your Writing
- How to Get Back Into Writing Fast
- How to Beat Your Creative Writing Fears
- Don’t Be Afraid to Write Crap
- The Importance of Your Book Cover
- GENERATE CLIENTS WITH THIS NON-FICTION BOOK LAYOUT!
- MUST HAVE WRITING TOOLS FOR STORY OUTLINING
- MUST-HAVE WRITING TOOLS FOR CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT
- YOUR CAST OF CHARACTERS – THE LINEUP
- WRITING THE UNLIKABLE CHARACTER (AND WHY YOU SHOULD)
- HOW TO WRITE A CHARACTER SKETCH
Some Downloadable PDF’s
- Essential Advice On Your First Draft
- Why You Need to Write a Short Story – With a Free Template
Some Awesome Resources
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) believes stories matter. The event began in 1999, and in 2005, National Novel Writing Month became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. NaNoWriMo’s programs now include National Novel Writing Month in November, Camp NaNoWriMo, the Young Writers Program, Come Write In, and the “Now What?” Months.