Do you want to be a NaNoWriMo author? Hundreds of thousands of authors will be writing a novel this November. This can seem like a huge challenge. If you’re feeling a little intimidated, relax.
By the way, if you’re not familiar with NaNoWriMo, November is National Novel Writing Month. Half a million authors all over the globe will commit to writing a novel of 50,000 words, in a month. That’s around 1,600 words a day.
Decisions, decisions… do you REALLY want to become a NaNoWriMo author?
Before you commit however, as we suggested in this post on NaNoWriMo secrets, you need to inspire yourself.
You need to convince yourself that NaNoWriMo will be beneficial for you. Once you know WHY, it’s much more likely that you’ll complete your novel in a month:
If you’re unsure of whether you want to participate, ask yourself some questions:
• How does NaNoWriMo fit into my business plan for my writing?
• What benefits will I receive if I invest the time and energy?
• Can I schedule 1,500 extra words a day? When? (You’ll need to know how many words you can write in an hour);
• How will I publish my NaNoWriMo novel?
• How will I promote my novel?
To become a successful NaNoWriMo author, develop a strategy
In the article 3 exciting strategies to write faster, write well (get more done) I suggested:
“Writing” isn’t one thing. It’s many things:
Idea development with tools like prewriting and mind mapping;
Publication in one form or another…
Start today — you can create ideas, do some research, create title, and begin your NaNoWriMo outline. On November 1, you can hit the ground running.
If you hate outlining, in this article on writing fast suggested:
Hate outlining? That’s fine. Create a mind map, or a simple list of what your book will contain. If you’re writing a novel, list ten scenes: the opening and closing scene, and eight others.
Writers often complain that they can’t outline. They think in terms of high school outlines. Your book outline isn’t anything like an outline you created in school. It’s just a tool to kickstart your thinking.
Go to Amazon, and look at the tables of contents of books which are similar to yours. If you’re writing a novel, count the chapters of similar novels on Amazon.
Your book description tells you where you’re going. Your outline is the tentative route which will take you there. I’ve been writing books for many years: outlines help. Look on your outline as a guarantee that you’ll complete your book.
Your completed book will be nothing like your outline. Feel free to change it at will.
Outline done? Start writing. Create a schedule, and stick to it.
You can also read our book on outlining for writers who hate outlines.
November 1 will be here before you know it — do a little prep. Not only will you enjoy NaNoWriMo more, you’ll also complete your novel.
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