Preparation For NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month is what NaNoWriMo stands for, just in case you were wondering. This year, 2016, will mark my first year doing NaNoWriMo. I am beyond excited! This may be my first year, but hey, I’m a writer. I can figure this out. I hope.
NaNoWriMo is a yearly event where writers try to write a novel in a month. The goal is 50,000 words. I get stressed just hearing that number. So, November 1st-30th is going to be crazy. If you have to reach 50k words in just 30 days, that means you would have to write 1,667 words a day. Wow, that made me sound really smart, but really I just used a calculator.
I put together a few helpful tips to make NaNoWriMo easier. Now, since this is my first year, I haven’t done any of these things personally. But, I talked to some people that have done it. Here are some things they found helpful.


It’s pretty obvious why outlines would help. I don’t know about you, but when November comes, I don’t want to be ill prepared. Outlines are basically what is going to happen in your story. Just write a few ideas of what you want to happen, then when November comes, you’ll have something to work with.
You don’t want to sit down on November 1st without a main character, do you? No. Your answer should be no. What always gets me is names. I feel like I need the PERFECT name. I change it halfway through the story sometimes, no joke. So, during October, you might want to work out your characters names, personalities, and description.
I love music. It calms me down. I’ve been playing piano for, well, a long time. And I’ve been singing since before I can remember. It makes me happy, and less likely to kill a character in my story. A lot of people listen to classical or movie soundtracks, but I like to listen to Christian artists such as Francesca Battistelli, Jamie Grace, Matthew West, Chris Tomlin, and Phil Wickham. If something inspires you to write – listen to it! Even if it’s a recording of cats screaming! Okay, maybe that’s too much.
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Ah, Pinterest. A great way to throw away your time. But seriously, it’s great for a visual writer. I use it for character inspiration, writing prompts, and dialogue prompts.
They really put a lot of time putting the NaNoWriMo website together. They thought of everything. It has helpful books about writing, blog posts, and webinars. They just created a thing called Word Sprints. There is a countdown, so you put in how long you want to write for, and they time you. But the great thing about it is that under the countdown is a Dare Me. You click the button and it gives you a writing prompt. You can click it as many times as you want. I think it’s awesome. Here is the website:
I hope that helps! I would love to know if you end up doing NaNoWriMo! If you have any more helpful tips, please let me know by commenting below. Good writing to you!



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  1. Haha! I had no idea that singing could keep you from killing off a character … guess I’ll have to find out what gets me in that mood. Too much chocolate? Lol!
    It’s funny, I was just in the middle of writing my post on NaNoWriMo when this came in my inbox! Bloggers’ jinx! Hehe. I’ve never heard of the Word Sprints before … I’ll have to check that out! Sounds fun and prep-full.
    Love all your tips! And yes, that gif. 😀 Maybe we should get together for a writing session. 😀 Best luck wishes!!!

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    1. Chocolate always helps! But stay away from dark chocolate, the lack of sweetness may put you in a villainous mood 😉
      Oh, and that was my first time using a gif…I thought it was pretty funny!
      We need to get together for a writing session. We can help each other prep! Or just eat chocolate…


      1. Lol I hadn’t thought about the dark chocolate part. :} But yes, we’ll have to get together sometime just to prep … maybe we can talk about it on Sunday and see what your mom thinks. It’ll be fun and we can brainstorm together!

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  2. This is my first year for NaNoWriMo, and I’m beyond excited! I even have a couple friends joining me in the challenge! Cannot wait till November 1st and all my ideas can start blossoming on the page! 🙂 🙂

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