Every year I do this thing, it gets harder.
I’m making NaNoWriMo my own, after freaking out about the date. Today here in Sydney it’s the 28th, with only four days to go before NaNo starts, and I find myself unready.
As usual, I am personally of two minds concerning joining up for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) again this year. But if I do write within the month challenge, I want to go in with minimal planning/mostly pantsing, and take it easy. So, below are some current resources.
Day 13 in the big brother house…
Sorry, wrong unreality show. Briefly, here’s an update and my learnings –
Over on my tumblr blog I just put up a post linking to resources I’m collating as NaNoWriMo helper posts – these come in two categories – the #NaNoPrep posts of October (which I’m still discovering); and the current #NaNoPeptalk posts being published.
I am taking any of these as I find them and reblogging or linking to them every day over November. To save you the time, here are the direct links to the tag searches, which will give you an index page of all these posts. You may find them useful for times when you get stuck.
It’s Friday morning my time – eta on NaNo: 40 hours away. With this looming month of torturous writing upon me, I have come to the slow understanding that my initial plans for writing during the challenge were scarpered a few weeks ago.
So, to achieve success, I’m rejigging those plans and objectives for the marathon. Because we own this, so we are at liberty to plan our own successes (possibly by cheating).
The NaNoWriMo website is now live for 2015.
As usual, I am half-passioned for NaNo this year. NaNo works for me, but for a lot of writers who join up, simply doesn’t. Maybe this year I won’t be successful in typing out 50K of words, but I’ll take the preparation work I’m doing currently and any words I do manage in the month as my elixir reward for my own mini-hero’s journey any day.
Good luck to you also, if you are participating this year.
For more prep talk – I’m collating all the best I am personally finding across the web, via the #nanoprep tag at Everything for Writers.
As a sticky, I have reposted my 2012 NaNoWriMo prep post (below). Most of the resource links remain relevant three years later, and the checklist is a good one.
With NaNoWriMo coming up in a month and a half’s time, I’m surprised that there hasn’t yet been a swathe of NaNo How To’s posted across the web. As I’m also in a pre-NaNo preparation phase, here’s my effort – 13 Ways to Write a Novel.