The time has come! In just five days, writers worldwide goes word-crazy as the National Novel Writing Month approaches. Maybe you’ve heard of it. Maybe you haven’t. Or maybe you might be thinking something along the line of:
But I say unto all of you: NaNoWriMo is worth everything you have if you are a writer. Of course, sometimes you really might actually die if you participate, but most of the time, there are no such things as having no time to write 50K in a month. There always is time, and if you can’t be bothered to write everyday, you can simply cram in the word count on the last day–it has been proven that a person can write 20K+ in a day. And in case you were looking for the citation, that was me last year. Don’t ask me how I did it, though. I honestly don’t remember.
Convinced you can do it? Okay, maybe the last one was a drastic example of challenging NaNo; you can always chip away at it little by little everyday, too.
But the bottom line is this: NaNoWriMo gives you confidence in writing in a way usual writing can’t. And it greatly increases your level of writing if you haven’t seen through a complete project yet. Plus, it’s not impossible.
On a completely different note, I’m actually writing this post so that I can bug you with my WIP for NaNo! So even if you don’t buy into my agenda of being writing buddies with me for the entirity of November (and witnessing my slack writing discipline), it’s perfectly fine. I won’t get offended.
So you might have heard that I was going to work on the $0.46 Key for NaNo. Now, I have decided to change the name to Elektriem, so I offer my apology for all the confusion regarding this project. And you can’t trust my blurb. It might end up going a different direction than I anticipated…thank you in advance for your understanding! And with that said, here are my main cast:
And most of the pictures are courtesy of Pinterest, and citations and such can be found on my Pinterest board. Hopefully I’m not infringing on copyright laws. (But isn’t that every writer ever?)
That’s all for now…Wait, I did promise to give you three tips on NaNo, didn’t I? (Actually not sure.) My biggest tips would be:
- Don’t give up before you start. As long as you’re alive and it’s still November, you have a chance.
- Live in your storyworld for the month. If it’s not fully realized, construct as you go. At least for November, the world around you d not exist.
- Have fun. If you’re not having fun, the purpose of NaNoWriMo is lost. No matter how you’re feeling about your story at that particular moment, you’re the only one who can write that story. So go for it!
Oh, and if you were looking for a more practical advice, it would be this:
- Write yourself a letter at the beginning to remind yourself why you are doing this. I’ve read this advice on other writers’ posts about NaNo, and I think it’s a brilliant idea. I’m implementing it this year.
- Find the Core of your story. This is like the theme or why you’re going to be writing this specific plot with this character and this genre setting. Even if you end up pantsing (I’m a planner, so this prospect scares me), as long as you have the Core down, you can make it.
- Create a time block for writing and stick to it everyday. This can be anywhere from little blocks of five~ten minutes to x-amount of hours straight. And notice there’s no “try” in the sentence. You don’t try. You do it.
And lastly if you’re a Christian, pray about it a lot. Pray before you start, pray after you end. Even after all the planning (or pantsing), you may not make it. And that’s okay. The most important thing is that you tried. For that, everything would be worth it.
So what do you think? Are you going for NaNoWriMo this year? Are you like me last year who decided to do NaNoWriMo at the last minute? I’d love to be buddies with you and cheer you on if you’re going for it!