Ah, fall. Time of brightly colored leaves, crisp air, and pumpkin spice…everywhere. Here in NH it’s getting cool enough to contemplate fires in the fireplace and hot chocolate! Bliss!
For this writer, and thousands of others around the world, it’s also time to prepare for NaNoWriMo, also known as National Novel Writing Month, starting November 1st. The goal is to devote every spare moment for 30 days to writing that novel, novella, collection of poems or short stories, or whatever project you want to expend your creative energy writing. For many the goal is to “win”, that is reach 50,000 words or more. That may sound like a lot, but it breaks down to 1667 words a day for 30 days.
I did NaNoWriMo in 2018 and managed to write a little over 104,000 words, which was a lot. I was brain-fried by the end, but I proved that I could do it. This year I plan to stick to 50k instead so I can take a little easier pace, giving me time to make adjustments to my story as needed without falling behind. Am I glad I did it? You bet, and I encourage all of you to participate.
But I write a blog, you say? Then plan several blog topics in advance and write a month’s worth of posts. You may not reach 50k words but think about how many posts you will have done for the future! There truly is nothing you couldn’t use NaNoWriMo for, so sign up!
There are many writing blogs with information to help you prep for the month. There are local support groups, and genre writers, and buddies you can connect with for the month to help your motivation. There are badges you can earn for all sorts of reasons, and famous writers who pop in with encouragement and blogs filled with advice. And swag, don’t forget the swag.
K.M. Weiland has a great blog post about prepping for NaNoWriMo: https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/preparing-for-nanowrimo/
Alexandra Sokoloff also has a great site with tips for NoNo: http://www.screenwritingtricks.com/2020/10/
Bottom line, I hope to see you all there. If you write 100 words or 100,000 words, they all count, they are all valuable, they all are words that didn’t exist on October 31st. You can make NaNoWriMo as communal, or as private, as you need to make it the best experience for you. This is about you and the story in your head that needs to get out. Take the 30 days and make it about yourself and your writing.
You are worth it!
BTW I’m ACrow, I’d love to have you as a buddy!
May your words flow freely,
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