I can feel the love for writing spreading and I can feel the fear and the craziness starting to sneak in… How fun this is?
This fun and craziness can be overwhelming for old & new NanoWrimos, so I gathered some tips that I love which helped me with my writing in general, but more so in Nano.
- Planning ahead and having an outline:
If Nano starts but you find yourself (like me, lol) without an outline or any idea what to write, don’t worry. Take a deep breath and just write whatever comes to mind (even if it sounds stupid). As you write, a story will unfold and the writing will become easier as you go on.
- Stat writing fast:
You need to achieve 1667 words a day, so don’t edit… Not even the myspelld words, lol, Just write and write without looking back. It’s hard (I know) but worth it. I even try to get ahead in my word count as much as I can in the first week, so if something happens and I can’t write, I am still up on my word count (yey).
- Learn to say No!
No! I can’t come.
No! I can’t help.
No! I have no time.
No! I am writing (still learning this, lol).
- Get help:
I love to do the “word races” in NanoWrimo. Set an alarm for 5, 10 or 15 minutes and write as much as you can, as fast as you can. There are many word races on twitter, Instagram, Facebook and at the NanoWrimo forums. You can use online writing prompts and apps that are for android as well as for apple.
- Know the end for your next line:
I love to end my writing for that day with some knowledge of how I will continue the next day. Write it down, so the next day you are basically not starting an idea from scratch, but already have some idea of how your story will go on.
- Enjoy the community:
Once a year all the writers come out from their solitude and join together for one crazy celebration, and for one goal, which is to write. This is the time to use the community for feedback, help and their input on your writing (If you choose to share). I love the community so much and I miss it a lot after NanoWrimo.
Fight. Claw. Write down every word. I like the story to be something good, as much as I can while writing this fast, so even if I write fast I try my hardest to write well (story wise… not grammar and such, lol). The reward for finishing and getting 50K down on paper… Is more than I can ever express.
- Have fun writing.
Enjoy the process of writing. If this is your first time don’t worry… even if you are way behind… this is a crazy month and in some point you can catch up on your word count, and if not… hey you tried something that a lot will never want to try. No matter what, I assure you, that you will learn a lot about your writing, the people around you and most of all about yourself and how you deal with stress.
So… how many of you are joining me in the fun of NanoWrimo?
Thank you for reading this ❤
BTW: I used a digital freebie from here and the button was made with the help of my friend.