Hi, SEers! Mae, here! Thanks for joining me as October winds down to a close. Halloween is just around the corner, and you know what comes after that, right?
It’s almost time to start the write-a-thon craziness that takes place every November. If you’re participating—hoping to write 50K in thirty days—plan your strategy now if you haven’t already. Last month, I shared how to prep for NaNo. You can find that post HERE if you missed it.
Right now, you should be ready for the starting whistle. Whether you’re beginning a new project, adding to an existing WIP, or crafting short stories that total at least 50K, there are several ways to approach your goal. Let’s take a look…
If you’re sticking to the letter of NaNoWriMo you’ll need to pen 1666 words every day for thirty days. Somewhere during that time, you’ll need to add an additional 20 words to hit 50K.
(1666 x 30 = 49,980 + 20 = 50,000)
Kick the month off by writing like a fiend. Start vomiting words and go for as many as you can, as long as you can.
1666 words per day? Pfff, you say! You’re going to double that! Triple that! Can I get a quadruple?
Opt for a combination of the above methods. Write like a speed-demon until you sputter, then plan a day or two with a specific word count until you’re back in light-speed mode. We all know once words flow, characters interact, and scenes build into chapters, momentum returns.
Remember the scene in How the Grinch Stole Christmas when Cindy Lou Who asks, “Santie Claus, why? Why are you taking our tree, why?” Now picture the Grinch nervously gnawing his fingernails. NaNoWriMo participants are well acquainted with that look because we all do it at one time or another during the month.
Be prepared. Accept it’s going to happen—usually when ZERO word count days creep into the schedule. Embrace it for what it is. Gnaw your fingernails (or a pencil). Then get back on board seesawing, launching warp drive, or settling into disciplined writing.
I Think Not
You’ve made up your mind. It’s insanity to attempt writing 50K in thirty days, especially given there’s a major holiday in the month for U.S. residents. Thanksgiving takes a lot of prep. Recipe planning, food shopping, house cleaning, decorating, pie baking, cooking! The list goes on. Who has time to even think about writing several days either side of Thanksgiving?
Living on the Fringe
You’re not participating, but dang—NaNoWriMo is exciting! You’re thoroughly jazzed for your writing friends who’ve decided to take the challenge. You’re cheering them on, and in the process, planning to make a dent in your WIP. You’re going to embrace the creative energy zooming through the writing community during the month and make the most of it. Nothing official, but you’re planning to step up your commitment and dedicate time to your muse.
So, let’s hear it—which description fits you best? Maybe you’re a combination of a few. Even if you’re not participating in NaNoWriMo, I’d love to hear your writing plans for next month. Drop a few lines in the comments and share.
Ready, set, go!