NaNoWriMo is a global phenomenon that has inspired millions of aspiring and established authors to say goodbye to writer’s block and finally write their novel—in just the 1 month of November.
I believe NaNoWriMo is one of the best things that has ever happened to novelists and aspiring novelists because it gives you a clear deadline, an immense challenge, and the inspiration and support to help you overcome every excuse you’ve ever had for not writing your book.
So, if you’re interested learning how to write a novel or just want to experiment and see how much you can write during this year’s NaNoWriMo event, I highly recommend you give it a shot.
You can sign up on the official website to participate, but you’re not required to. All you have to do is sit down and write.
The goal of NaNoWriMo is for each participant to write their 50,000+ word novel between November 1-30.
Again, I love the idea of this goal because it makes you set your aim high. You just think differently about how to write your novel in 30 days than you would thinking about how to write your novel “someday” or over the period of a few years.
There’s something about setting a deadline and setting big goals that can get you extra motivated to actually take action and succeed.
How to Write a Novel in 30 Days
First, realize that you only need to write your first draft in 30 days. You’ll have plenty of time to work on revisions, edits, and additional drafts after you complete your first draft.
That’s great because it means all you have to focus on when you start writing is just getting new words on the page. You don’t need to edit, revise, or fact check your work before the first draft is done.
In fact, most professional authors write this way. By focusing on simply getting into the flow and writing down your story without going back to edit or revise your work, you’re able to get in the zone and stay in the zone much longer. That’s how many authors can write between 2-10k words per day.
By separating your first draft writing from your editing, you’re able to write much faster and with a whole lot less stress and anxiety.
Next, you should sit down and spend 1-8 hours plotting your novel or at least getting an idea of 1) who your characters are, 2) what the story is about, and 3) how the story will end. By getting clear on these foundations of your story, you’ll be able to sit down and write a whole lot faster.
Plus, the extra benefit from putting a quick plot together is that you’re much less likely to make a fatal flaw in your writing that would make you have to give up on the entire project or else rewrite the entire book from scratch during the editing process.
Schedule Time to Write
Once you’ve got your plan for the story together, you need to create a plan for your life.
Schedule your writing time in your calendar every day during NaNoWriMo and stick to it!
Show up every day ready to write and get to work. You can have excuses or you can write your novel, but you can’t keep your excuses and have a completed novel.
Everyone who has successfully written a novel had to put in the time and effort. Now it’s your turn! Writing the first draft is often the most fun part of the novel writing process, so enjoy it while you can.
Tips for NaNoWriMo
Got any great tips for NaNoWriMo that have worked for you? Post your comments below and let us know!
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