Hi, SEers! It’s Mae with you today, and I’m here to chat about the writing hoopla fast approaching. National Novel Writing Month kicks off in November, and if you’ve followed this blog for any length of time, you know I’m a fan. I’ve participated several times, “won” twice, and racked up excellent story content in the process.
If you’re new to the world of writing, NaNoWriMo occurs every November. Writers at various skill levels set out to write a novel in thirty days. Accomplish that and you “win”—earning the right to crow about your accomplishment. As a plus, there are usually writing-related goodies to be had at a sizable discount on the NaNoWriMo website.
Most of all, you get to experience the support of an amazing community and can say you’ve lived through the thrill and craziness of tackling NaNo.
If you’re considering giving it a whirl, you’ve got options:
Start a new project from scratch and write 50K between 11/1 and 11/30
Add 50K to an existing WIP between 11/1 and 11/30
Write a collection of short stories with the word count totaling 50K
Last year, I only managed to add 35K to my WIP, but because I was doing a WIP, the content was useable, and I ended up finishing the manuscript in early December. As a result, I’m a fan of using NaNoWriMo to work on WIPs, but traditionalists will start a new project from scratch.
If you’re doing the latter, now is the time to develop character backgrounds, flesh out your setting, and start sketching scenes. I’m not saying pantsers can’t pull off a NaNo win, but you’ll likely do a lot better by laying the groundwork before you start writing. NaNoWriMo changed this dyed-in-the-wool pantser into a plantser (half plotter/half pantser) and I’ve happily stuck in that niche.
Who doesn’t like to dream up a story and make notes? You’ve got the entire month of October to huddle with your muse and start jotting ideas. There’s even a NaNoWriMo Prep Book with worksheets available for download to guide you through the planning process. If you’re not already a member of the NaNoWriMo website, you’ll need to create an account. Once you do, be sure to poke around. The site is loaded with resources from community forums to tools, and provides plenty of encouragement to keep you motivated and writing.
Even if you don’t sign up officially and declare your project for November, there’s nothing that says you can’t use the month to tackle writing at your own speed for those same thirty days. An abundance of creative energy pings around during November, plus there is plenty of support across social media platforms. Visit a few and fuel up your muse.
The excitement is building. Now is the time to start planning!
Let’s chat NaNoWriMo. What are your thoughts about the month of writing craziness? Are you going to participate? If not, are you planning on using November for a self-paced word count goal of your own choosing?
Tell me what you think. Ready, set, go!