NaNoWriMo Prep Tips
NaNoWriMo preparation is heavy on the mind of many writers right now. November 1st is a few days away, so now is a good time to take inventory and do some NaNoWriMo preparation to make sure you are ready for the upcoming intensive month of writing. Why not use the image below and spend fifteen minutes jotting down all the things you need and want to do. If you’re stumped, read on.
NaNoWriMo Preparation – The Writing
Let’s talk about the NaNoWriMo preparation that focuses on the writing. While you aren’t supposed to start any real writing on your manuscript before November 1st, you can certainly lay the groundwork for writing success prior to the start date. I will be starting a new book so I’ve been doing a few things to get ready. I have the cast of characters. I’ve given a lot of thought to the main and secondary plot lines. Today I finished a pretty complete scene list. Am I wedded to all this? Of course not, but I have a road map that will make it easy to begin my 2015 NaNoWriMo journey. What can you do overt the next few days to ensure you have a successful launch?
NaNoWriMo Preparation Tools
In addition to my own The Coffee Break Journal for Fiction Writers, there are a few other books and NaNoWriMo tools that might be of help. I’ve always found timers to be useful. When I’m really deep into writing, I often use my oven timer in the kitchen so that I have to break away from the computer and walk to shut off the alarm. The potential for injury and harm to my hands, fingers, and shoulders is much higher when I am at the computer all day. I need the reminder to take a short fifteen minute break every hour. The BigMouth Inc Tickin’ Time Bomb Kitchen Timer is a great one because it’s also a visual reminder to add those time bombs into your plot whenever you can to raise the story stakes.
Don’t have a plot but you still want to participate? No problem. Grab a copy of No Plot? No Problem! Revised and Expanded Edition: A Low-stress, High-velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days by Chris Baty and you’ll be on your way. Chris Baty is the founder of NaNoWriMo and has a lot to offer anyone who is planning to jump into the big November writing marathon. Check out his advice for NaNoWriMo preparation.
Don’t think you can write fast enough to hit 50,000 words in one month? Not to worry. Maybe you’ve always wondered how those fast writers can be so prolific. Not to worry. Rachel Aaron reveals her methods in her book 2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love. Read this and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what you need to do to meet whatever goal you set for NaNoWriMo or any other month of the year.
Gather these three items together and place them in your toolkit or keep them nearby on a handy place next to your writing station. Whenever you hit a bump in the road, these items will help you move further down the road. Go to the National Novel Writing Month website (NaNoWriMo) and sign up to find all your fellow writers and to enter your formal commitment to write. Have a great writing month and share your own NaNoWriMo preparation tips below.
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