We are only 3 days away from the start of NaNoWriMo 2015 and yes, I will be participating this year. I’ve done NaNoWriMo about 3 times before, but I have yet to successfully complete the full 50K words in 30 days (One novel reached the 50,000 word mark at 12:01 on December 1st- so I had to throw that lying clock away).
This year, I feel good about my chances though. And while I have yet to fully complete a NaNoWriMo event, I still feel qualified to give you some advice (painstakingly learned from my own failed efforts).
- Plot it out: It’s not cheating to have an outline of your novel before the November start date. In fact, when you are pounding out roughly 7 pages a day, you really won’t have time to stop and think about what’s happening next or if your characters are obeying the laws of gravity/the universe. It’s better to know where you’re going. Scribbling out a one page summery is the minimum, but more info on plotting can be found here.
- Don’t Procrastinate: Sure, 30 days sounds like a long time, but trust me, it’s not. Don’t be like me and spend your first few weeks writing 15,000 words. Trying to rush the remaining 35,000 words out in 10 days is a recipe for disaster/drinking problem.
- Write Every Day: I do a lot of my writing on weekdays, and when the weekend rolls around, I’m tempted to take a two day break from the book. But when you have momentum going, it’s tough to set it down and then pick it back up. Make to your goal to write something every day. It doesn’t have to be the full 1,666, but the little bits you put together on your “day off” will definitely add up.
- Don’t be afraid of Caffeine: Or as I call, it The nectar of the Gods.
Remember: Have fun, and Good Luck!