Saturday, October 31, 2015

NaNoWriMo?

It's that time of year again! No, I don't mean Halloween (although that's fun, too), and I don't mean Thanksgiving. I don't even mean Pumpkin-Spiced-Latte-from-Starbucks Season (confession: I've never had one ^.^;;).

I'm talking about NaNoWriMo!

What's NaNoWriMo, you ask? It's National Novel Writing Month! Every November, people all over the world will be scurrying to write a whopping 50,000 words as part of a novel. The goal is 50,000 words in 30 days, but how you go about doing this varies from person to person.

Some decide to use this time to write a completely new novel starting on November 1st, while others decide to add to an existing work. Whatever you decide to do, the point of the contest is to reach that magical word count. There are "winners", but no physical cash prizes etc. for completing the task. The prize is your own sense of accomplishment. But, there are offers from sponsors that may be appealing to you as a writer. Check them out here.

There are two very broad categories mentioned when talking about "NaNoing":

  • Pantser: This is someone who "flies by the seat of their pants" in terms of planning for their novel. The best sort of preparation for these types is raw inspiration and a blank word document. No outlining, no character sheets, just their brains and a story in their hearts.

  • Plotter: This is someone who plans their novel ahead of the start date in some way. Some of them do plot outlines, some draw maps of their world, and some create character biographies. I do all three, but that's because I love research, and I am weird. xD As long as it helps with your plot in the long run, do it! 
As with anything in life, these are not cut and dry categories. Many people are a mix between a plotter and a pantser, and that's cool. Whatever helps you write is what you should be doing~

If you want to write every day to achieve 50,000 words, you must write at least 1,667 words per day. But, the good thing about NaNo is that you're not alone! Sign up at http://nanowrimo.org/, and connect with writers from across the globe who are doing exactly what you are doing.

You are writing a novel...feel proud of that accomplishment! I know we can do it if we put our minds to it. So, who's with me?

☆Evie☆

PS. Add me on the NaNoWriMo site: momonigiri

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