National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is quickly approaching and since I’m participating this year, it’s on my mind. So, I’ve gathered up some good posts that give tips, tricks and methods for surviving NaNo. If you want to join in the insanity, you can sign up here.
And now for the secrets of the NaNo universe:
And as a bonus I’ll throw in my tips:
- NaNo is not about completing a totally polished, ready for publication novel. It is about (at best) completing a first draft of a hopefully future totally polished, ready for publication novel.
- First drafts are butt ugly. They have typos, they have crude dialogue, undeveloped characters and subplots that meander and get lost in Cleveland. This is okay. This is how first drafts are.
- Editing, revising, and rewriting comes after NaNo
- Your competition is you and you alone, the other participants are not competing with you.
- There are no losers in NaNo. You give it your best shot, improve your discipline and resolve. If you hit that 50,000 word mark. Bravo. If you hit something less, bravo! The win is in the words, not the count.
- Have fun. Challenge yourself. And who knows, you might end up with a butt ugly first draft that you can then skillfully mold into a great reading experience for total strangers who may even pay you money for the pleasure.