If you’re a writer, it stands to reason that you’ve heard of NaNoWriMo—unless of course you’ve been living under a rock. In which case, that would make a great story, so maybe you don’t need NaNoWriMo after all. Either way, chances are, you’ve heard of it, are participating in it, or have writer friends who are participating. If you’re still scratching your head, you might want to head over to the NaNo website to see what the fuss is all about. And if you’re the adventurous type, you might consider joining in on the festivities for the next thirty days.
For the NaNo heads out there already bursting at the seams with plot points, just a reminder that NaNo happens in less than two days. Are you ready?
Whether you’re a pantser, plotter, or a combo of the two, you’re probably already gathering your supplies, planning your meals, and sending out Do Not Disturb notices. If not, here are a few things you still have time to do to prep for NaNoWriMo:
- Join NaNoWriMo.org, if you haven’t already
- Create and fill out some character outlines for your novel
- Write your NaNoFesto (Your personal statement about your goals and aspirations)
- Buy some notebooks and pens
- Stock up on coffee and good marathon-writing snacks
- Read some of your favorite books to help you focus on your upcoming NaNoWriMo fest
- Remind yourself to set your clocks back this Sunday (if applicable, of course)
There is always a lot of debate on the benefit of participating in NaNoWriMo. I consider it a jump-off point for focused writing rather than a month-long, one-novel writing session. I always get a ton of great raw material out, which I’m later able to edit and polish into something more. So don’t feel like you’re locked down into some committed writing relationship for the next thirty days. Use NaNo as you see fit. That’s what it’s there for.
And remember, you aren’t alone in your writing journey. There are forums on the NaNo website, separated by region, genre, and everything in between. And that’s just a starting point. The Internet is chock full of resources for NaNo participants.
Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? If so, do you already have your novel outlined or are you a pantser all the way?