NaNoWriMo starts on November first, this means that people are beginning to prepare for the wonderful madness.
For those who aren’t familiar with NaNoWriMo –
NaNo is where writers all around the world come together to try and write a novel, 50,000 words, through the 30 days of November.
The community is absolutely amazing! It’s easy to get swept up in the energy and buzz of everything. NaNoWriMo is a fantastic opportunity for people who have been thinking about writing a novel to get it done. It helps people get down the project they’ve been considering for months but needed a push. It’s wonderful for those who have been nervous about taking on such a project. It’s all around a really great experience.
We’re not quite into October yet, so I’m not going into the full details of preparations just yet (those posts will be coming through October). Instead, I’m going to give a quick rundown of the things you should be thinking about.
First things first, NaNoWriMo is much easier to win, that is to achieve the goal of writing 50,000 words by midnight November 30th, by planning or outlining. Many pantsers do succeed, but it’s more difficult.
So, I recommend that at this stage, you start thinking about your one sentence summary of the idea you want to tackle. For example, my one sentence summary of Infernal Ties is – Evie’s twin Quin has gone missing and Evie will do whatever it takes to get him back, even ally with the very supernals that she hates.
From there, you want to decide on your genre, and the very barest bones of the main character.
What do I mean by the barest bones? Name, species (if you’re writing sci-fi or fantasy), rough age and appearance. That should be plenty at this point, you just need a vague idea. You can flesh them out fully in October.
I would recommend getting two or three ideas lined up with one sentence summaries at this point. Give yourself a bit of time to think them through. Which one really grips you? Which one won’t leave you alone? Which one do you get most excited about? When you begin really preparing, that will be the one you focus on and run with.
Remember that this idea has to be one that you’re passionate about. You’re going to be obsessing over it through November. It’s going to be incredibly important to you for those thirty days.
This is also the time to start looking at your writing habits – when do you write best? Where do you write best? Which programme do you prefer? Or do you do better writing by hand? What works best as a reward?
Don’t forget to warn your friends and family that you’ll be doing NaNoWriMo so they understand when the time comes that you’ll need time and space to devote to your writing every day.
There we have it! The beginnings of your NaNoWriMo preparations. Don’t fret too much, we have a whole month to get everything pinned down and ready.