I wasn’t going to participate in Nanowrimo this year, but I can’t help myself. I love the sense of camaraderie and excitement about writing that November brings. That being said, I don’t know if I will “win” this year. I will be going on a short book tour to Massachusetts in the middle of the month, so I will either spectacularly fail or knock out the whole draft while sitting in hotel rooms.
This year, I want to get a good chunk of the first in my planned travel mysteries done. It have my characters sketched out, I know who gets killed and how, I have other plausible suspects, and list of key events. Because this is a travel mystery taking place in the Galapagos Islands, I’ve also sketched out their itinerary through the islands and what the characters will be doing each day. I think this will be a big help in keeping me on track. Do you sketch out your nano novels or do you wing it? If you want to be my nanobuddy, my user name is Elizafith.
Anyway, I thought I would also share some thoughts for anyone who is new to Nano.
- It is not too late to sign up. It is very easy to do so. Go to the Nanowrimo site –https://nanowrimo.org – and put your information in. They make it very easy to get going.
- You can do it. 50,000 words in 30 days seems like a lot, until you’ve done it. Then you know you can do it.
- Plan ahead. The first year I did Nano, I just went in blindly and get stuck in the third week. Know who your characters are and where your story is going before November 1st. With at least a rough outline, you will have a much more enjoyable experience.
- Once you get into a routine of writing a certain number of words per day, don’t lose momentum. Keep writing every day. Even if you write 500 words a day (instead of 1,667) you maintain forward momentum. Inertia is not your friend.
- Don’t edit. Move forward, always forward, or you won’t make it to 50,000 words.
- Be prepared for the possibility that you may have to throw out every word you write in the month of November. The beauty of Nano is that you learn discipline and you get the story onto the page. The story may be terrible. You don’t know until you try.
- At the end of the month, put the project aside and let it steep. You may surprised how differently you see the story when you come back to it in March or April. There may be sections that are brilliant and can be the basis of the rewrite. Please understand that anything written in 30 days is going to need to be rewritten.
- Be social and enjoy the ride. Use the forums. Go to a local write in. Find some nano buddies. Take advantage of the community.