November is almost here and that means National Novel Writing Month is upon us! Wait, what do you mean it’s almost November? Where did October go???? Anyways, for those of you who don’t know, November is National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo for short. The purpose of NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words (a novel) in 30 days. Yep, you read that right. This will be my second time participating and I am determined to get a novel “done” this month. In order to keep the blog active at least once a week (and probably also save my sanity) I’m going to be doing a series throughout NaNoWriMo which I have affectionately titled “BlogNoWriMo.” Every Monday throughout November will be dedicated to all things NaNoWriMo. Posts will feature tips and tricks as well as looks into my writing process, how I’m handling the stress (writing a novel on top of working 40 hours a week and going to grad school full time, I must be insane).
So now that NaNoWriMo is a week away, what am I doing to prepare? Well, honestly… not a lot. I find that my writing tends to be better when I have a vague understanding of my characters and/or plot and simply let myself write. I think this is called a “pantser” in the novel writing world (don’t ask me why, I have no answers). I am currently working on a Pinterest board for inspiration while writing but other than the plot and the basics of each character, I don’t really have much. For the novel anyways.
You all know how much I LOVE to plan. And plan I have. I am going to write a total of 2,000 words every day throughout NaNo. This will actually put me OVER the 50,000 words if all goes well. Now, my calendar has me writing those 2,000 words every day but we all know that life doesn’t always work with our plans. I am currently waiting for my new planner to arrive (RIP Lilly planner) and attempting to use a couple different planning strategies to help keep me on track for the month. You can bet there is going to be at least one post about planning and word counts this next month.
I’ve also joined a NaNoWriMo group started by the wonderful Jenny Bravo of Blots & Plots. I think this is really going to be the motivation I need to reach my word count goals each day! Everyone I’ve met so far is so motivated to write their novel that it’s motivating me even more. If you’re looking for a way to keep yourself going throughout the month, definitely check out this post and join the group!
I’m really super excited to get started and a little nervous. I think having a group to hold me accountable is definitely going to help keep me going. Where’s my NaNo tribe at? Have you participated before and what are your go to tips in the week leading up to November?