We’re over half way through October and many of us are thinking about participating in NaNoWriMo. Wait, what? You don’t know what that is? Yes, it does sound like some weird chant but November is National Novel Writing Month so get ready to see lots about NaNoWriMo.
As a full time writer, I practice my NaNoWriMo every month. However, this is a great opportunity to begin new projects, get motivated or really start turning your dream of being a writer into reality. Still, the idea of writing a complete book in one month is a daunting thought.
Take a deep breath and don’t be scared. Let’s do the math. The average book has 70,000 words in it. Of course, what genre you write will make a big difference in word count. Now November has 30 days in it so let’s divide that 70,000 words by 30.
Now 2,334 words (yep, I rounded) a day is a lot less intimidating. So, how are you feeling? Are ready to commit yet? Good! You can do this! Now it’s time for a plan.
Keep in mind that you will be writing a very rough draft. NaNoWriMo does not mean you must finish a perfected novel. That should make you feel better but still you need an idea of what to write. Now is the time to play with some ideas. What do you want to write?
I recommend jotting down some notes and even a rough outline. Give yourself something to work from and then those 2,334 words a day will flow easily. You might even find that you go over your planned word count.
Now you need to find the time to crank out those words. I’m dedicating my next two blog posts to various time management techniques to help you get NaNoWriMo ready.
Have you participated in NaNoWriMo before? What do you do to prepare? Share your strategy in a comment below.
Life in Saudi Arabia continues to treat us well. The evenings are really nice and cool. And get this, there are NO MOSQUITOES! Yes, the true Texan is ecstatic over that fact. We’ve been creating an outdoor living are so we can enjoy our evenings. Having this peaceful and relaxing area will also be a great way to wind down.