Get Ready for NaNoWriMo!

keyboard and coffeeNovember is National Novel Writing Month, better known as  NaNoWriMo. The goal is to quick draft 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days, which comes out to about 1,667 words a day. That’s roughly two hours of writing per day, if you don’t stop and edit your work. NaNoWriMo is about unleashing your muse, hammering out a manuscript, and giving your internal editor a month’s vacation.

To maximize writing time during NaNoWriMo, it’s best to do some prep work. The organization’s website has got some great tools for planning your novel. Other sites offer tips for establishing good writing habits and increasing your productivity.

This year, since I’m currently writing novellas, my goal is to complete two 25,000-word novellas in November. Will I make it? Time will tell.

Whether you’re already writing fiction or have always wanted to, NaNoWriMo is a good way to set a challenging but achievable goal, and create a first draft that you can mold from raw clay into a masterpiece. Why not give it a try?

What are your plans for NaNoWriMo?

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About AndreaJWenger

Andrea J. Wenger is an award-winning writer and editor in Raleigh, North Carolina. She specializes in the fields of creative, technical, and freelance writing.

Posted on October 15, 2014, in Blog Posts and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I’m not doing NaNoWriMo this year, Andrea. I’m in the middle of revisions, so don’t want to interrupt the flow. Good luck and speedy writing to you!

  2. I have never found the courage to try NaNo (in the 10 years I’ve known about it), but just this morning made the decision to participate this year. I already have a WIP started, so it’s not as if I’ll be starting fresh, but my progress hasn’t been much to speak of yet. I’ve done full character sketches with plot points, so I hope this gives me direction to accomplish as much as I can.

    Good luck, Andrea!

  3. Sheila, that’s usually the case with me, devoting an entire month to drafting new material gets in the way of editing. I work best if I edit as I go. Still, I’m going to give it a try.

    Janna, so glad to hear you’re participating this year! I may try some #1k1hr sprints on Twitter. I find it really helps to sprint with other people.

  4. Best of luck to you, Andrea! It’s nice to have a goal!

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