Welcome to Day 1, week one of NaNoWriMo. This is the second favorite month of the year for many authors and first time writers who take on the challenge of writing 50,000 words that somehow morph into a novel in thirty days.
This is my second time participating. The last time I participated I came out with the rough draft for Nuka at just over 38,000 words and two years and four drafts later I have a polished version. Unfortunately mostly for personal reasons it will not be published but that’s ok and was my call. For my first novella(which is an okay result for a first attempt at writing a novel in my books) it was the writing process that I savored some days and other days hated the most.
Are you participating? Do you have an idea for a novel? If so are you using an outline or winging it?(If you have no ideas for a plot see the resources I’ve put together for you at the end of this post.) Have you told anyone if you have accepted the challenge? Have you asked anyone to be your coach – to gently nudge you to write on the days when writing seems like the hardest thing to do? What is your writing routine? How will you accomplish your goal of 50,000 words in 30 days?
Personally, I don’t outline– ever although for kicks I’m going to this time and I’ll likely attend a few write-ins this year ( I hear there’s going to be one ever Tuesday at Oh So Good on York St. in the market.) Although to be honest, I’ll likely have my cake and coffee before putting pen to paper. I may write my first draft longhand this round.
I hear there are writers out there who will only allow themselves pleasures like going to a movie or eating their favorite cake at the end of the week if they have met the weekly word quota. Does this sound like you? What was your experience with that method?
Here are a few writing resources to assist you with this challenge.
http://davidseah.com/node/nanowrimo-word-calendar/ to assist you in keeping track of your wc.
https://nanowrimo.org/ (If you haven’t signed up yet or heard of this it’s where the Nanos go.
Looking for a book to assist on your writing challenge? Read, No Plot No Problem by Chris Baty
https://larawillard.com/nanowrimo-resources-for-writers/ for more resources