So, November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short. A time of year for all writers to set the all-time goal of typing 50,000 (or more) words in 30 days! Some of us achieve and some of us fail, but all in all, there is a general buzz amongst writers around this time as we all prepare to get ourselves pumped to type our hearts out for the one thing we love: writing novels for our audiences!
In this post, I will give you a few pointers on what to do to prepare for NaNo, in case you haven’t done so already. This is also beneficial for those of you who know someone participating in NaNo and want to show some support:
- Declare your novel: If you haven’t already, go to nanowrimo.org and sign up for an account. There you can connect with other writers in your region, declare and announce your novel, get cool merch and other awesome things!
- Buy the yourself (or the writer you love) a gift card to Starbucks: Or, their favorite coffee shop. They will need tons of coffee through this process.
- Make sure you have a good notebook and lots of pens and/or pencils: if you are like me, I tend to take written and typed notes and type and hand write (this really messes with my word count, but oh well lol). So I usually by a new notebook for NaNo specifically for the project that I am working on for that month. Or, it would be a nice gift for anyone looking to surprise your writer friend or loved one!
- Keep your laptop charged and ready at all times: you never know when the stroke of genius will hit you and you will need to bang out 1500 or so words. Or 20. In NaNo, every word counts!
- Have patience!: To those writing and to those watching us write: NaNo-ers will be wired on caffeine, cranky, tired, delusional and most times caught in the alternate universe that is their story; bear with us. It will be a long month for us all.
- Get a celebratory gift for the end of the month: Whether you make it to 50k or not, you should get yourself a gift for making it to the end. 50,000 is a giant hurdle, and no matter what, it takes time, diligence, perserverance and dedication to sit in front of your work and get it down on the page everyday of the month.
All in all, I can’t wait for midnight to get here, because it will officially be November 1 and the buzz of NaNo will commence! There will be a flurry of emotions but I am ready for each one!