National Novel Writing Month, or “NaNoWriMo” for short, begins in just two days, and chances are, you’re either doing this:
or maybe both. Probably both.
Before you begin, make sure you have everything prepared that you need prepared. Here’s a handy-dandy checklist to double check:
- Your outline (if you do outlines)
- Character profiles
- A set per-day word count (1667 a day will get you through the month)
- A schedule that allows time for writing (you’ve got to make time for it to work)
- A designated area (or areas) for writing
This calendar–though it’s a few years old–has encouraging quotes from other authors as well as a word count for each day that says how many words you should have by that day:
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If you’re writing your novel with an actual pen or pencil on notebook paper, keep track of your word count somewhere on each page so you don’t have to count 1000+ words each day.
Microsoft Word will keep track of your word count for you, or alternatively, you can go to 750words.com and it’ll give you an accurate word count as well.
Be sure to keep a journal or diary documenting your progress, or even a vlog! It’ll be fun to look back and see how you spiraled into madness, and this way your friends can keep track of your progress, too!
Speaking of friends (and to quote Legend of Zelda), “It’s dangerous to go alone!” it’s much more fun to do NaNo with friends! Chat about your progress, set writing dates, and edit each other’s work when you finish (because you WILL finish)!
I plan on posting a weekly journal (Heather will make sure I keep my word) on my progress to hopefully give you guys motivation if you find yourself lacking, so stay tuned!