About 5 months ago, I heard about NaNoWriMo on a podcast (I can't remember the exact one - possibly Book Hype) and couldn't wait for November to come so I could join in on National Novel Writing Month. Therefore, this year is my first time and it's safe to say I'm pretty nervous. If you don't have a clue what I'm talking about - NaNoWriMo is basically an annual event where professional and amateur writers can set themselves the goal of writing 50,000 words in the month of November. It's well-known that the work you produce during NaNoWriMo probably won't be that great, but at least you will have a great deal of words down and can start revisions on your work and maybe eventually turn it into a finished novel.
The idea of having one national month for people to do this in is that there's an overwhelming amount of support and events surrounding NaNoWriMo. One of my favourite aspects is seeing some of my favourite Booktubers and bloggers giving their tips to help others and providing updates on their progress. My favourite has to be Little Book Owl's tip video which you should go and watch if you haven't already. If you need any more inspiration to get started, the NaNoWriMo's website has lots of Merchandise and Apparel that you can get; including mugs, t'shirts, books and posters. Although please bear in mind shipping costs and import taxes, etc if you live outside of the US, sadly as I am.
I've picked up some tips and tricks I've picked up from my many hours of research so wanted to share them with any budding NaNoWriMo-ers:
- Outline your idea before 1st November. Then you can spend the entire month of November writing.
- Try to write everyday. Even if you only get around 100 words that day, if you keep writing, you're more likely to stay motivated.
- Do not edit your work. There will be plenty of time for that in December. November is for writing your initial thoughts down and fleshing everything out with plenty of detailed world-building.
- Get enough sleep. I've heard a few people in past years skipped sleeping to keep on top of their word count. If you settle into a regular routine, with enough sleep, you're much more likely to write better and not be stressed.
If you're doing NaNoWriMo and want to be my buddy and support each other, you can find me here, my username is: Christinax92. If you're interested and now want to take part - head over to the website and sign up. Are you doing NaNoWriMo? Had you heard of it before reading this post?