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.