National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo, a challenge given every November to write a novel with a minimum of 50,000 words in a month. A creative writing professor of mine once told me I was crazy to take up such a challenge. I’ve been doing NaNo for the last five years with this year being my sixth. I don’t win every time, but I certainly try my hardest!
That being said, it’s certainly not a walk in the park. But if you can pump out your 1,666 words a day with discipline, you can make it! Last year I started writing the first book in a fantasy trilogy. I finished the novel and promised myself I’d finish with the editing by June in time to publish with CreateSpace. Unfortunately, my first edit has been taking forever (I’m a secret perfectionist) and I’m still not done. Instead of using this time to rewrite my first novel, I’m going to go ahead with the sequel.
I’ve got a vague outline prepared for the next month. But honestly, most of my writing is going to be by the seat of my pants. So here is a list of five things I’m doing to prep for NaNo.
- Say goodbye to my family. They’re not going to see me much for a month.
- Steal Halloween candy from the candy bowl — I’m going to need it.
- Reload my Starbucks card, because who’s kidding I’m pretty much living there for a month.
- Prepare an awesome writing playlist which will mostly consist of French Disney music and Les Miserables.
- Block myself off Facebook games. Bye bye Candy Crush.