NaNoWrimo for Beginners: Writing Fast and Furious
So, you've discovered this thing called National Novel Writing Month and you're thinking of giving it a try this year, and you don't know what's in stored for you. I'm not going to talk about the insanity you're about to fall into. That would take a whole other tutorial. Nor am I going to talk about the little tricks to boost your word count, there are plenty of those around. What this tutorial will be about, is typing speed.
The count of 50 000 words a month, 1667 words a day wasn't taken as a goal of the NaNoWriMo on a whim. It was carefully selected because it's near the lower boundary for a novel (the number varies, of course, because, as usual, people can only agree to disagree, so there are several different classifications. And it also depends on the genre - young adult novels are usually around 40 000 - 50 000, while epic fantasy can get to the size of a New York phone book (or several), but general consensus is that anything under 40 000 is considered a novella), but more impo
Preparing for NaNoWriMo Part 2In my last journal, we discussed the best ways to prepare for NaNo and included a couple tips on how to make that writing go a little faster and smoother. Well, now it's time to discuss how to NOT fail at NaNoWriMo. Because just as there are some really grand ideas on how to prepare yourself and keep yourself on task during the month, there are also going to be those times of self doubt and using excuses to not write. For NaNo, any of those excuses are completely unacceptable [well, except for life threatening excuses - those are allowed].
So once again, I reached out to the Lit Community to find out exactly why other deviants failed at NaNo, or what they found to NOT work for them and compiled it all together in a pretty little list like last time.
What Not to Do
Don't get sucked in Wikipedia, TVtropes or any other sites like that. In fact turn off your WiFi so the internet isn't a distraction. All your research
NaNo Pro Tip: Be Accountable (Got Peer Pressure?)There's a reason 300,000 writers do this TOGETHER ever year. NaNoWriMo isn't just a writing exercise, it's a community art movement. It's something that we do with the support of our friends -- the ones we know, the ones we don't know yet, and the ones that will be complete strangers again on December 1st.
Go Go NaNo!
So how does this ginormous group of people manage to write novels in a month? I mean, let's face it, people do it. Lots of them. And it's not just because they're fantastic, prolific, genius writers. (Some are. But, just sayin'.)
Let's talk about peer pressure. Usually, it's a bad thing. HEY JIMMY, I DARE YOU TO JUMP OFF THAT BRIDGE WITHOUT A HELMET! IT WILL BE HILAAARIOUS. You know, that sort of thing. &
Get a Jump on NaNoWriMo 2012: PreWriting Prowess!I've talked a lot about prewriting. But prewriting is kind of vague, especially for someone who is either new to noveling/writing, or even for a seasoned writer who just has never tried prewriting. Or, you know, I bet there are plenty of folks out there who prewrite and just don't call it that. But I thought today I'd share my prewriting process, starting back on September 8, 2012, at 12:30 am, when I began planning my novel for NaNoWriMo 2012.
OK, I'll admit it, I spent way too much time at Target picking up a pile of notebooks while poor Boyfriend waited in the cafe, and then I came home and agonized over which one to pick. But then I came home and I wrote the working title on the cover. Et voila!
THE notebook for my NaNo 12 pro
Ready for NaNoWriMo yet?So it's National Novel Writing Month!
I know you're all pretty tired of seeing NaNo blogs pop up everywhere and that's why this blog is only a recollection of resources that can help all of you with your novel, instead of our own thing about it; dA is so full of useful stuff that it feels like community spirit to link to those instead of making our own that would just be a copy of those.
We'll not only be listing them, anyway, we'll briefly explain what each article is about so you don't need to go through the ones that don't interest you.
First off, already linked above, http://www.nanowrimo.org/ . If you haven't yet, you need to get an account there and start going. There are a lot of deviants that are there, and if you're registered there let us know! We'll be keeping a list here for you to find friends. (: for NaNo writers, this website is Home.
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