It’s November, which means it’s National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short. Described by Grant Faulkner, the executive director of National Novel Writing Month, as a literary marathon, NaNoWriMo writers “exit the month with more than a novel; they’ve experienced a transformative creative journey.” For me, it is a way to focus on the part of writing that trips me up every time.
NaNo is not about making the writing pretty. It’s about word vomiting 50k in words onto the page in 30 days. Period. I’ve participated in NaNo for four years, only completing it once. The other times, life managed to get in the way. But complete or not, I have always left NaNo with a story that eventually turned into a short, a novella, a novel.
So, how do I prepare for such a journey?
Here are my five pointers to a successful NaNo experience:
- Tell everyone you are writing a novel in November. Then cook plenty of food for the family and warn them that you are basically out of commission for the month.
- Outline if you want; but don’t worry about trying to do it “right” – just get words on paper.
- NO EDITING! Period!
- Find writer buddies – online or in person (or both), they will help you get through it all.
- Set daily goals. If you miss a day, adjust the goals
There you go, my tricks for a successful event. I will be madly writing my novel, Dominus (book #3 in the Requiem Series) for NaNo this year. And yes, I won’t be starting until Nov 10. Crazy, yes, but I’m determined to make it happen.
And you can too! Sign up at the NaNoWriMo website and be sure to “buddy” me (My name is Christinef).
About Christine Fonseca
School psychologist by day, critically acclaimed YA and nonfiction author by night, Christine Fonseca believes that writing is a great way to explore humanity. Her many titles include the YA psychological thriller, Transcend, the YA Gothic paranormal romance series, The Requiem Series (including Lacrimosa and Libera Me), and nonfiction titles, Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students and the anticipated guide for teen girls, The Girl Guide.
When she’s not writing or spending time with her family, she can be sipping too many skinny vanilla lattes at her favorite coffee house or playing around on Facebook and Twitter. For more information about Christine Fonseca or the series, visit her website.