NaNoWriMo Tips… And We’re Off!

I’m trying to get a solid start on NaNo tonight while still keeping with my parentally-enforced bedtime, so I found a really good article from a website called Figment with some neat tips. The original post was here. Best of luck to everyone!

What do you need to know in order to make the most of National Novel Writing Month‘s month of writing madness? In easily digestible bullet-point form:

-Know when you’re going to write.
Are you going to start every morning with your 1.67k words and cruise into the afternoon with a day’s writing in the bank? Are you going to write 2k words every day and take weekends off? Are you going to spend the first week in a coffee haze, having fever dreams of Justin Bieber singing motivational songs to you, but come out at the end of the week with a 50k word disasterpiece? Have a plan of attack.

-Know how you’re going to write.
Are you going to write on your computer? Create the document now. Give it a place of honor on your desktop. Are you hand-writing it? Buy the notebook. Buy the pens. Maybe get some stickers on that, G. Are you writing it on Figment? Make the cover first. Cause you know you’re going to get all distracted and be like, “Oh! Spending three hours working on the color of the title font is working on my book!” DOES NOT COUNT. Are you dictating to your StenoBot 6000? Well then, uh, make sure you have plenty of oil and nuts for it to nom on?

-Know that you’re not alone.
One of the best parts of NaNo is the community of people all dragging their ton-heavy writer’s blocks toward a finish line. So make friends! Head to the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program and commiserate. If you want to rant, rant! The Figment group will support you. Over 200,000 writers participated in NaNoWriMo last year, so you are in large and talented company.

-Know that however far you get, you’ve gotten somewhere.
Any writing is more than no writing. If you don’t get to 50k words, you don’t get there. But try. Get somewhere. You know the nifty badge going up on Figment for everyone participating in NaNo? You heard us: It’s for everyone who participates. Give it your best shot. When November first rolls around, tag your story NaNoWriMo11. But not until November, guys! Head-starters, you know who you are. *glare*

-Know that sleep is overrated.

If you liked the article, go visit the website! Also, let me know if you’re available for a word war on Friday night. It can be as short or long as we want it, depending on where we are come Day Four. I’m willing to organize it if people are interested. My email: diversecitizen@yahoo.com. 

My total word count: Uncalculated (about two pages in my notebook… yikes!)

Overall feeling: Excited! I’m just getting started, but it’s looking good so far. Haven’t gotten sick of the songs on my NaNo playlist yet 😉 

About Aloha

A teen writer and future world ruler. Llamas make me happy.
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One Response to NaNoWriMo Tips… And We’re Off!

  1. John Hansen says:

    Just a reminder about the blog chain:
    Please re-familiarize yourself with this post if you can’t remember much from what this week’s blog chain is about.

    http://teenscanwritetoo.wordpress.com/2011/10/23/november-2011-teens-can-write-too-blog-chain/

    Participating Parties In Order

    Want to follow our blog tour? Here are the participating parties, day by day

    November 5th —http://kirstenwrites.wordpress.com/ – Kirsten Writes!

    November 6th — http://delorfinde.wordpress.com – A Farewell To Sanity

    November 7th — http://eatsleepwriterepeat.wordpress.com – Eat, Sleep, Write, Repeat

    November 8th — https://alohathemuse.wordpress.com – Embracing Insanity

    November 9th — http://noveljourneys.wordpress.com/ – Novel Journeys

    November 10th —- http://greatlakessocialist.wordpress.com/ – Red Herring Online

    November 11th — http://taystapeinc.wordpress.com – Tay’s Tape

    November 12th — http://herebefaries.wordpress.com/ – The Land of Man-Eating Pixies

    November 13th – http://randominmind.wordpress.com – Random On My Mind!

    November 14th – http://insideliamsbrain.wordpress.com/ – This Page Intentionally Left Blank

    November 15th — http://herestous.wordpress.com – Here’s To Us

    November 16th— http://incessantdroningofaboredwriter.wordpress.com – The Incessant Droning of a Bored Writer

    November 17th — http://teenscanwritetoo.wordpress.com – Teens Can Write Too! (We will be announcing the topic for the next month’s chain)

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