National Novel Writing Month, or as it is commonly referred to as NaNoWriMo for short, takes place during the month of November every year. During the event, which starts on the 1st of the month, writers from all over the world take part in a marathon writing challenge and attempt to complete a 50,000-word novel in30 days.
Writing a novel in 30 days may seem ridiculous to some people because it is not an easy feat, even for the most experienced novelist. NaNoWriMo is often challenging, stressful and daunting not only mentally but physically and emotionally as well. Therefore if you are planning to take part, it is important to go into the process fully prepared and organized. Here are some NaNoWriMo survival tips to help you get through the month successfully:
Make a solid plan
Writing 50,000 words in a month is not by any means an easy task. As such, you should be fully prepared for backbreaking work characterized by long days and lonely nights. You should try as much as possible to do some warm-up writing exercises before November comes around. You should also have a pre-planned outline that contains summaries of every chapter. Make a schedule and set daily, as well as weekly goals and be prepared to stick to the plan.
Ditch any distractions
Before you start, it might be a good idea to notify your loved ones, acquaintances, colleagues or friends that you will be participating in NaNoWriMo. Those who wish you well will understand and even step in to help you (with dishes and chores) should you need their assistance. Remember that you do not have to go to every social event on the calendar. Instead, you should use the month to focus entirely on your writing.
Set up a comfortable spot
Figure out what you need to set up your perfect writing oasis. Different people flourish in different environments. Some people prefer to write while the TV is blaring while other like quiet environments better. Make sure that your comfortable oasis is always available to you when you need it.
Find community support
Hundreds of thousands of writers from all over the world take part in NaNoWriMo. Website forums and communities are always buzzing with individuals that are willing to share their expertise and offer support. If you are looking for help a little closer to home, you can also find it in regional or local forums where you can connect and interact with other participants in your area.
Make sure you take breaks as well as going full speed ahead. And if you have any of your own tips then pop them in the comments below!