Michille: Get Ready to NaNoWriMo


Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month

I plan to NaNo this year. I usually plan to every year with varying degrees of success. Part of my prep is to look for organizers, brainstorming sheets, writing ideas, tips, etc., to provide ideas and motivation. Here are some I’ve used in the past and some I just found:

Writers Write (one of my favorite writing blogs) posted an organizer a number of years ago that some might find helpful which lead to a brainstorming worksheet and 30 tips (with lots of links for other helps).

I found some resources on the NaNo website. There is a NaNo Prep page that has useful resources. There is a webcast today that I plan to watch at 1 p.m. There is a young novelist workbook on their site, too. It is targeted to students, but I found some helpful things in the high school version. Writing buddies. I’ve never worked with one although there is one linked to me on my page and Nancy emailed me about it back in 2015. If you want to add me as a writing buddy, my NaNo name is mikeely. Or send me your name and I’ll add you to mine. There used to be a reference desk where you could ask research questions and there were some doozies on there, but I can’t find it this year. In the past, I found inspiration from some of the wacky questions people asked.

There are a lot of community NaNo happenings all over the world – all over Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe and I only scrolled a third of the way down the region page. San Francisco has a Night of Writing Dangerously. There are several write-in opportunities in my area. I’m not sure if I’m going to do one. The only time I went to one in my town, the writers all had weird furry hats on shaped like animals, except the guy with the reptile on his shoulder. Not my cuppa.

Writers Digest got in the tip game, too, with 30 Tips for Writing a Book in 30 Days and plenty of other sites have tip pages, including The Writing Cooperative, Bustle, and Storyist. And Galley Cat has a post with links from two previous NaNos

Did you know Water for Elephants (Sarah Gruen) was a NaNo novel? So was The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern), Fangirl (Rainbow Rowell), THREE Marissa Meyer books, Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress.

What are you doing to prepare?

One thought on “Michille: Get Ready to NaNoWriMo

  1. Thanks for the reminder! NaNo is pretty grueling, and I like to write things on the fly, so if I want to prepare for NaNo this year, I’d better get started — but not with direct writing prep like you’ve mentioned, but more indirect things.

    *Improve my physical stamina. Eat, sleep, and exercise in appropriate amounts, and start taking vitamin D!
    *Feed my imagination: more reading! Not just fiction, but non-fiction in science or history. I *might* even start a note file for internet browsings, but that might lock in my story a bit too early. I’d go with my gut on that one.
    *Clear the decks. Take care of any household projects and do the deep clean so I’m not tempted to do it as a procrastination device.
    *It’s not a bad idea to find my NaNo password and also update any information or pictures that need updated. I’ve wasted time on Nov. 1 doing just that when I was trying to upload my first word count. Staying up late on Nov. 1 can mean bad things for writing on Nov. 2.

    I haven’t decided if I’m going to do a real NaNo, or a modified NaNo, or just try to become a disciplined writer in November. But, I can choose that on October 31.

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