As some of you may know, NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, is coming up on November 1st. This is very exciting as some of my readers and some of other young writers can challenge themselves to write 50 000 words in just one month! This seems like a very impossible thing to do, but I encourage you to try it with me this year. I will be trying my best to write more than 6 pages a day. If you are interested in this and are wanting some help from me or from other readers, then I will be more than happy to help you in the comments. 🙂 Please let me know if you want any help with ideas, I’ll be more than happy to help. 🙂
Some tips that may help you (these are not written by me, for a full article go to: http://hubcityblues.com/projects/so-you-want-to-do-nanowrimo-in-2013, please follow him):
- Have an idea of what you want to happen in your story. It’s your story, so you have complete control of what happens. If you are not a regular writer (meaning someone who writes every day already) you will find NaNoWriMo to be a challenge you may not be ready for. It is hard work to go from NO pages a day to 8-9 pages a day, every day for 30 days.
- No matter what the pantsters say, planning is still an important part of completing NaNoWriMo. If you are not a writer regularly, you need a floor plan. You need an idea of what you want to accomplish, what you want to relay to the reader and the level of complexity you need to tell your story. Outlining is the difference between completing a story and just talking about doing so.
- The kind of story you are telling matters. if you are telling a story in modern New York, you don’t have to do much research on a toilet. Everyone who reads, knows what one is and where to expect to find one. However, if you suddenly want a barrow-wight to leap out of a local cemetery you may have to explain what a barrow-wight is, why it would be in a cemetery and what the threat of a barrow-wight is to the local urban dweller. You have to decide this beforehand or it will come off clumsy and difficult to follow.
- I am not from the Show, Don’t Tell school of BS. Write what you think it will take to tell your story. You can use the characters, you can use the narrator, you can use the setting. Do whatever it takes to paint a scene worth participating in. Ask yourself this simple rule: IS THIS SCENE WORTH THE TIME IT WILL TAKE TO READ IT? Will the reader come away wiser, smarter, more aware, more challenged to participate in your story. Did you lie to them to keep them interested? Yes, you know you have to have a consequence for that lie later. Make a note. READERS REMEMBER DANGLING PLOTLINES. Keep up with yours.
- Keeping to your outline is critical for NaNoWriMo. You will have to consistently bang out 1667 words everyday to make your mark of 50,000 characters. That is an average of 8 or 9 pages a day. It is a feat to be able to bang out that many pages consistently. It is even more difficult of you are not used to it.
So, hopefully these tips will be able to help you get started and, hopefully, keep going. Main thing to do is: Don’t judge yourself. It doesn’t matter what you write or how you write it, what matters is the experience and the fun that you will have. 🙂 As one of the bloggers has said, (Don Royster, check him out 🙂 don’t write with an idea that your novel will be published. Just have fun while you’re doing it, because that’s what is really going to count and matter to you in the end.
I wish you all good luck if you’re participating or thinking of doing it! If you have any questions, please just comment down below and I’ll do my best to answer them. 🙂 Thanks for reading everyone!