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Let’s Do NaNoWriMo!

writer, amwriting, blogging, self-publishDo you ever get frustrated, thinking that you will never find time to write? Wrong. Once upon a time, I wrote 50,000 words in one month, even in spite of holiday travel. Here’s how. 

In 2014, I participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) for the first time ever. It was a wonderful experience, which taught me three things:

  1. I could write under less-than-optimal conditions;
  2. I learned how to puke out what Anne Lamott calls your “shitty first draft.” I learned to lock my inner editor in the basement and just write.
  3. I learned that planning and strategizing for success is key.

I recommend NNWM as a way of kickstarting your next novel, because even if, at the end of the month, you laugh to read your manuscript, you’ll end up with a general idea of the story. AND, you’ll have drafted scenes and dialog that can be copied and pasted into your WIP.

NaNoWriMo is a great exercise but you should prepare yourself. Here’s what I did, in the last days of October, because I knew I’d be traveling a lot during November. 

  1. I wrote an outline of the story.
  2. I started a NaNoWriMo 3-ring binder, consisting of 30 looseleaf pages.
  3. I made labels which I stuck in the upper right corner of each page to note my progress and goals.
  4. I made notes at the end of each day to help me hit the ground running on the next day.

Here are some of my pages, beginning with the day before the starting gun. I hope you decide to try NaNoWriMo. If you do, here is the website.






1 Comment

  1. judithfabris says:

    I want to – what do I need to do? Got the book you sent-where do you want review posted? Judy

    Sent from my iPhone



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