Do you know what month it is?
It's October! And you know what that means... NaNoWriMo prep! *wild cheering* *buckets of glitter* *cake*.
If you've been following this blog for a little while you'll probably know at least a little what I'm talking about. Or maybe you saw the nifty blue NaNoWriMo participant button on the side of this blog just recently (let's hope it works come November lol)... but if you're one of those who has absolutely no clue what I'm talking about, let me introduce you to the wonders of NaNoWriMo....better known as:
National Novel Writing Month.
The short of it is: Write a book in a month.
The long of it is: Pick up that pen with resolve my friend! You are about to partake on a month long journey in which you write a 50,000 word novel--yes, you heard correctly! In thirty days! This averages out to a nice odd number of 1,667 words a day, which can be difficult, but is still certainly attainable. Hundreds of people around the world also take up this challenge and sit in their respective bedrooms, coffeeshops, and offices scribbling (or typing) away. What do you win if you reach the goal by the last day of November? Satisfaction, my friend, and honor. Also, there are some pretty neat deals for various writing programs and services, the fact that you have an entire first draft written down, and more.
Still on the fence? Here's a few extra reasons you'll want to join me this November for novel writing. (Check out this post from last year on NaNoWriMo, too!)
1. It encourages you to write. This is pretty obvious, but let me just say--NaNoWriMo is a huge motivation to sit down and write! You get in a pretty epic amount of writing, and have a chance to experience a regular schedule too.
2. You'll end up with a good portion (or ALL) of a first draft. This is AMAZING y'all! NaNoWriMo is definitely a deal-breaker for me in this aspect. I love just deciding to write for a month and ending up with a novel. It helps me focus better, not get too confused on the book details like I might if I wrote it over a long stretch, and encourages me to keep writing in other times because--you just finished a whole novel, and that's pretty awesome!
3. You'll benefit from the knowledge that others are in this too. I don't know about you all, but I find this so motivational! While you don't HAVE to connect with anybody to do NaNoWriMo, even the knowledge that this is the month hundreds of other people are writing a book too is a great feeling. And if you so choose, there's the plus of doing word wars or word sprints with friends, having write-ins together, and more. ;)
For more reasons, check out Kristen's Post: 10 Reasons Why You Should Participate in NaNoWriMo.
So How do I Prepare?
Alright, you're completely convinced that NaNo is awesome? Need to know what to do next? Here we go...
1. Sign Up. Here is the link to the NaNoWriMo website: http://nanowrimo.org/ BUT here's some good news for you kids and younger teens... NaNoWriMo has its own very special Young Writers Program for you all. http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/ This is for kids up to 17 years old. You get to pick your own word count, get customized worksheets and pep talks for younger people, etc. (If you're older than that, don't worry--you can get free worksheets on the regular NaNo website too...they're just geared more for adults).
2. Add me as a Writing Buddy! :) Ok this only goes for those on the NaNoWriMo site (not YWP--I'm not on there) but the next step is to add me as a Writing Buddy! :) Haha, of course this is if you want to. You can just type in my name and I'll come up, but you can also look for LittleBookBug which is my username on there. :)
3. Develop your Novel idea. Whether this is using resources from NaNoWriMo, this blog, or other places, October is the month to plan out your novel. If you're a pantser, that's ok too... but I generally recommend at least a little bit of a well-formed idea to start with. ;) Some places to start: Plan your novel with an outline, work out your characters (You could use my free workbook for that!), Think about your book's Theme, your book's title, what literary season it would be in, and do any research NOW that needs to be done! :)
4. Prep for the Writing Sessions! This is also the month to stock up on your favorite snacks, do some scheduling to make sure you don't get overloaded in November, create your novel music playlists, pin on your Pinterest mood boards, order your NaNoWriMo swag, recruit your friends and family to write with you.... and all that good stuff. :)
5. Get Familiar with the NaNoWriMo Website. This includes setting up your profile, doing your novel cover, novel synopsis, learning about the badges you could win, etc. If forums are your thing, get comfortable with those... if you're still working on your novel prep and need help, check out NaNoWriMo's endless blog posts, pep talks, archived YouTube write-ins, and free resources. One of my favorite new features for the 2016 reboot of NaNo's website is a cool little feature... an in-site personal word sprint timer plus a super neat "Dare Me" machine that spits prompts out at you! :)
One More thing.
One other thing you can do to prepare this October is make a NaNoWriMo Prompt Jar. I discovered this idea earlier this year and love it, so I'm probably going to do something like this to help me out during NaNoWriMo! :)
October's Writing Challenge:
Before I leave, I want to give October's writing challenge... WRITE A STORY IN ONLY 6-10 WORDS. Can you do it?! :D I'm really looking forward to seeing what you all come up with!
Well, that's all for today, folks!
Have a lovely day!