National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is nearly here. Are you ready? If you’re a NaNoWriMo Newbie, chances are very high that your answer is, “No!”
Not to worry. There’s plenty of time. You have seven days.
Your best resource is the NaNoWriMo website. Heed the advice on its NaNo Prep page. It’s there for a reason!
This will be my sixth NaNo. I’m not an expert, but I’m no longer a newbie. So I’ll offer up a few bits of my wisdom:
- Get a buddy (either on NaNo or live). Misery loves company 🙂
- Write every day.
- You don’t have to finish the story – the goal is 50k new words, not a finished novel.
- Keep writing.
- It doesn’t have to make sense – the goal is 50k new words.
- Turn off your inner editor.
- If you hit a wall, turn around and go the other way (i.e., write something else—just get down new words). Word count is key to success!
- Keep writing!
If you can swing it, consider dictating your novel. Speaking your novel is much faster than typing for most people. I have used Dragon Naturally Speaking Home 13.0.
Last, and most important: When you think you won’t make it, keep writing!