‘Tis the season for mass caffeine consumption and crazy writers.
Okay, okay, many of you might not know what NaNoWriMo is. Well, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. What does that mean? Well, it means that thousands upon thousands upon millions of writers band together for 1 month, November, and write their hearts out. NaNo-ers (as we liked to be called) write a full length, first draft novel, 50,000 words, in the span of 30 days (during the month of November).
My NaNo Prep
I am going to attempt to write the 50,000 words during November, even thought I will probably only reach around 25,000 words since finals will be coming up…
This year is also the first year that I’m writing with an outline. In my 2 years of NaNo-ing and 4 years of writing, this year, 2015, is the first year that I have any form of outline. I’ve also developed most of my characters.
This novel is the first novel that I’ve genuinely been excited to write in what seems like ages. I am so excited for NaNo!
What Goes Into Preping for NaNo?
Well, most writer’s tend to stock up on coffees, teas, and left over Halloween candy… Yeah, we’re so healthy…
Anyways, prepping for NaNo is really a process that you have a figure out yourself.
Some writers plan their novels out from start to finish, now every single one of their characters, and have developed all that places that the novel will take place. These writers are typically known as planners.
On the other end of the spectrum are pantsers. These NaNo-ers fly on by the seat of their pants. They hardly think about NaNo until October 20th (or later). These writer’s typically only have a plot, the names and general ideas of their characters, and a general direction that they want their novel to go.
All-in-all, it all depends on you! Some writer’s don’t write well if everything is planned out to the T and others can’t write a single thing if they don’t have an outline. It really all depends on what works best for you. Maybe try out a few different methods (of course leaving the pantsing until the end…) and see what works best for you.
And what half-sane person would try and attempt this daunting task?
In all honesty, you have to be pretty insane to attempt to write 50,000 words in 30 days. That’s what makes it perfect for writer’s. Writer’s tend to think outside of reality.
Every single writer during NaNoWriMo will put their life on hold (aside form work and school) and devote 100% of their time, energy, and sanity to NaNoWriMo. Writers whole up in their little writing caves, and work on writing the 1,666 words (and sometimes even more!!) that needs to be written every day to reach 50,000 by 11:59 on November 30th.
Oh What Fun!
During November, the NaNoWriMo twitter page, along with many, many other writers host word sprints. (You can also see them in the forums on the NaNoWriMo website.)
A word sprint is a set amount of time that you have to write as many words as you possibly can. Some people like to throw in prompts (dialogue lines, lyric lines, pictures, etc.).
You can also host, or go to, local (and virtual is you don’t like leaving the house) write-ins. There you sit, with other writers, and well, write. You can talk as well, but it’s a great motivator to get the words written!
So, go to www.nanowrimo.org and sign up for this crazy adventure today!
Also, be sure to leave out double shots of espresso and chocolate to catch an elusive NaNo-er.