Today I began my fourth year of NaNoWriMo. You'd think that by my fourth year, I'd have everything planned and plotted by November first. The truth is: I don't fully know what I'll be writing about this year. I've been struggling a lot with plot ideas. When I couldn't think of an idea, I actually seriously considered not doing NaNo. "Maybe this just isn't my year..." But it isn't November without NaNoWriMo. It's November 2012, and I'm starting with a couple characters and a very faint plot line. I'm extremely excited to see how this year goes. It's going to be interesting.
If you're doing NaNoWriMo, here are some ways I get through this month of writing madness:
- WRITING FRIENDS/GROUPS. It's really wonderful to have a group of people you know that are also doing this writing challenge. Last year, the homeschoolers formed a NaNo group, which was loads of fun (even though they were all YWP-ers). If there isn't anyone who lives around you doing NaNoWriMo, find some bloggers who are doing it (there are lots of them).
- DON'T TRY TO WRITE PERFECT. It's very tempting to sit for hours, thinking up the perfect dialogue and descriptions, but this is NaNoWriMo! You aren't trying to write the best novel, you're only trying to finish one. Leave notes in your writing for things you want to add but can't find the words to write. Write some bad descriptions if you have to. Make that perfect novel in December. November is the time to just get this draft done.
- KEEP UP WITH YOUR DAILY GOAL. Don't allow yourself to get behind. If it takes a little thievery of your time to write those 1,667 words everyday, it's worth it. Last year, I didn't go to bed before 12 all November. I wrote from 10-12:30 because that's when I had time to write. I definitely ended up with some paragraphs that were practically written while in my sleep (which are entirely hilarious), but they can be edited or cut out later -- in December.
To anyone else doing NaNoWriMo: Good Luck! You're going to do great.
xo | Megan
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