Monday, October 6, 2014

7 Suggestions | NaNoWriMo Prep (part 1)

No. It is never too early to start thinking about NaNoWriMo.

What's that, you may ask? Only the best thing to ever happen to November! If you have been living under a rock don't know about NaNoWriMo, then I am happy to be the first to exlplain the amazingness that is...

National Novel Writing Month

(I hear music similar to that playing in a kings court - just so you can accurately complete the mental picture here)

Huzzah! It's almost here. Only 26 more days left to decide what your NaNoWriMo novel will be! Oh the pressure. Oh the planning. Oh the fun!

For those of you who don't know what NaNoWriMo is, it's simple:

You = Writer
Month = From November 1, 12 AM to November 30, 12 AM
Novel = 50,000 words
Rules = No editing, just writing!

Granted, for some, the idea of writing 50,000 words in one month seems daunting - if not completely impossible. Fear not, fellow writers. You can complete this task! I'd like to propose 6 preparatory ideas/undertakings to aid in your novel writing prep.

7 Suggestions...

1. Imagine
Dream. Create. Think What if? This is the fun part....

2. Plot
You may not naturally be a plotter, and that's okay. Your pantzing prep is just as important. I'd recommend deciding on a world, 1 or 2 main characters, and maybe some type of conflict. Hey, it's a start.

3. Prepare
Goes in line with #2, but take some time to write out a few things. Doesn't have to be much, but maybe a little bit for direction.

4. Befriend
That's right. Find a buddy - or several. No sense in doing this alone! There are awesome group meetups in almost every area. Checkout the Nanowrimo website for more info.

5. Count
Hey, when you break it up, it's only 1,667 words a day. Piece of cake...right?

6. Stock
Fill those pantry shelves with snacky goodness. I'll post my favorite NaNo snacks later, but start mentally preparing now.

7. Shout
Yep. Go ahead. Shout it out with me now, "I am writing a novel in the month of November." Make sure everyone hears, because then there's no going back ;)

Come back next Monday for part 2 of this lovely little NaNo series!