Are You Doing NaNoWriMo?

November is coming upon us and NaNoWriMo is almost here.  Those participating will have to average 1667 words a day to reach the overall goal of 50,000 words in the month.

If you haven’t already and want to . . . Plan for NaNoWriMo.  The old saying goes, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”  The question is, what is the best strategy for getting this done?  Here are a few suggestions:

  • Begin planning your novel in October.
    • Whether you’re an outlining, storyboarding, detail loving, scene chasing, discovery finding or self-talking-public-fool-making writer . . . Start NOW!  Sure all the writing you do in planning doesn’t count for November, but having a solid foundation to jump from doesn’t hurt your chances for success in reaching 50,000 words.
  • Think productive.
    • One of the most prolific writers I’ve met with and actually talked to is Kevin J. Anderson.  None can really argue against his success and productivity—he’s a writing machine.  On KJA’s blog he lists things just for NaNoWriMo and you can find them here.  Of particular note was what I heard him speak on, “Kevin’s Eleven: Eleven Tips to Increase Your Writing Productivity.”  He has generously posted these on his blog.  Here they are in order as the man is so prolific there are multiple entries in-between them:
  1. SHUT UP AND WRITE!
  2. DEFY THE EMPTY PAGE
  3. WORK ON DIFFERENT PROJECTS AT THE SAME TIME
  4. DARE TO BE BAD (AT FIRST) . . . THEN FIX IT
  5. USE EVERY MINUTE
  6. SET GOALS FOR YOURSELF . . . AND STICK TO THEM
  7. KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WRITING AND EDITING
  8. CREATE THE BEST WRITING ENVIRONMENT FOR YOURSELF
  9. THINK OUTSIDE THE KEYBOARD
  10. GET INSPIRED!
  11. KNOW WHEN TO STOP

My biggest struggles were with #4 and #7  . . . and honestly “were” . . . well I lied, I still struggle with them (Hey, I write fiction—I guess sometimes it carries over into my life.) Thanks for posting these Kevin, such a wonderful refresher.

What do you find you struggle with on his list?

  • Schedule your writing time, NOW.
    • Life Happens . . . especially in November.  Family and loved ones happen and it’s great.  In order to keep it great, plan out time with your spouse, significant other, parents, siblings, children or whoever to get the time you need.  If you don’t NaNoWriMo will pass you by.

NaNoWriMo can be a great way to get caught with the writing bug and you just may never recover, but that’s why we’re here all year. 😀  (Shameless plug I know.)  And what to do with your work after NaNoWriMo?  That’s why we have Rachelle J. Christensen coming in January about Revisions.

If you have any other suggestions for succeeding in NaNoWriMO feel free to share them.

~Michael

One Comment on “Are You Doing NaNoWriMo?

  1. Dang! That’s a great blog you linked to! I’m glad you posted it and your own tips. I plan on going through them all more thoroughly tomorrow, they seem like great resources. I’m feeling inspired already! 🙂