5 Steps to Prepare for NaNoWriMo

5 Steps to Prepare Your Writing Project for NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo is just round the corner and we don’t know about you, but it came a lot faster than we were prepared for. If we had a book for every time we said ‘NaNoWriMo is coming, we need to prep’ over the last few months, we could double our book count.

So, now instead of prepping our NaNoWriMo products like we’ve been saying for weeks, we’re instead writing a blog about all the prep advice we should really just follow ourselves. We promise, we’ll start writing right after this.

If you want more prep information, you can also check out NaNo Prep 101.

In the meantime, here are some quick points for preparing for NaNoWriMo we think you should act on:

  1. Prep, my dears! Even if this isn’t a step you typically take, it will save you a ton of time. A month isn’t as long as you think it is, especially when you factor in the dreaded writer’s block. Now, you don’t have to write everything out. Bullet points, a rough timeline, and some basic character outlines should be enough. 
  2. Make an account (if you haven’t already)! Once you’re in, register your novel and make some friends. Be sure to look for Samantha and Amber (see below). They could always use another Buddy that isn’t one another…lame. Also, make sure you update your word count every day on the website. There’s cute little badges you can win and who doesn’t like a little competition to get more than your buddies? We know we do.
  3. Set realistic goals (more on this in an upcoming blog) by picking your goal word count and setting writing days. You can
  4. Get all your writing tools (or apps) handy! This one will be hard for Amber since she’s left her pencil sharpener in Samantha’s car, but we don’t need to get into the details of that right now. 
  5. Pick your writing spot. This one is important as you are on a time crunch. You don’t want to have unnecessary distractions. Yes, your dog or cat or parrot is cute, but it’s writing time, baby! Let those fingers fly across the keyboard. 

Remember, bookworms, to have fun! Not meeting goals isn’t the end of the world. Just consider this whole experience as a learning process. Last year was our first year participating in Nanowrimo and neither one of us got close to getting to our goal of 50k words. Did we cry? No. Well, maybe on the inside. Either way, we learned a lot more about our own writing process, which was the most important take-away!

If you have any tips for us please let us know. Are your participating in NaNoWriMo this year? If so, share your projects with us, we’d love to find more writing friends and maybe help keep each other motivated!

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