Hi, SEers! Mae here. Thanks for joining me for another look at preparing for NaNoWriMo in November. If you’re planning to undertake the challenge of writing a 50K novel in thirty days (or adding 50K to an existing WIP), you’re already knee-deep in prep.
When it comes to NaNo, we spend a lot of time (usually September and October) outlining scenes and chapters, developing plot points and getting to know our characters. Which means we’re eager to crawl into our writing cave and go to work on November 1st.
But, as they say, the best laid plans . . .
Have you carved out a sufficient allotment of time for NaNo? Below, are some ideas to help ensure you’ve got a win-win situation come November:
- The 1st falls on a Sunday. Make the most of it. If you work a Monday through Friday day job, this is your chance to soak extra hours into writing and start off with a blitz!
- Family and friends are often curious about the commitment of NaNo. Educate them in advance. Explain the necessity of daily word goals and your need to vanish into your WIP (you might also want to mention late family dinners or fending for themselves!).
- Have unused vacation days stacked up? This might be the perfect time to earmark a few for NaNo.
- If you live in the U.S., the Thanksgiving holiday consumes a LOT of time—as rightly it should. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving hits in the home stretch of NaNo. Those last few days of the month when you’re sooo close to finishing, but also fighting to tough it out.
I try to prepare for this week by finishing my WIP before Thanksgiving or padding my word count ahead of time. Then, when I end up with sub-par totals, they don’t impact me.
- Step back from (or reduce) your blogging schedule. A lot of writers go dark in November. At the very least, post your intention of participation in advance, so if you go off the radar and back down on blog visits and comments, others will understand why.
- Stock up on coffee, snacks (healthy and otherwise) and plan meals ahead of time. You’ve got a month to prepare. The freezer is your friend. 😊 One good thing about Thanksgiving falling during NaNo in the U.S., is all those turkey leftovers.
Even if you’re not participating in NaNoWriMo, I hope you found some of these time-clearing tips helpful. If you have some of your own, I’d love to hear them in the comments.
Ready, set, go!