National Novel Writing Month, otherwise known internationally as NaNoWriMo, is coming. Much like winter only with less Snow. Consider this a beginners guide.
- Give it a try! Most people don’t finish. Oh, I hear the grumblers among you asking, “why bother then?” Because it can be the start of something. If you succeed in writing even a little each day in the month you’re far more likely to continue and you’re building an excellent habit that virtually every author (and quite a few tweeps who are vets) recommends – write every day.
- Following on from that, update your count. You’d be amazed how happy it can make you to watch the ticker rise. Ignore the bit that tells you how much you’ll need to write every day to get to target, that’s just mean 😉
- Join your local support group via the nanowrimo page (probably in a fb group). Writing can be lonely. These groups are a place you will find encouragement. I promise. I’ve never had anyone say a bad word to me. Unlike certain other social media spots!
- You need to decide now whether (for this project) you’re a planner or a panters. Both are acceptable. If you’re going to plan, starting that as soon as possible is recommended. Here’s a plot map or, in this case, beat sheet that I like (and about a zillion people use). If you are going to fly by the seat of your beautiful authorly trousers – no excuse really but to get to it.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help: they’ve got their own YouTube channel with videos, reach out on that community board I suggested you join, ask on twitter with the #NaNoWriMo2016 tag, or tweet me as I’d honestly rather cheer on others than face my own WIP. In all seriousness, there’s a great community around this weirdly named object of self-torture. Dive in!