What do you need to get ready for NaNoWriMo, part 1

So, my truly inspirational post has got you pumped for NaNo (which starts Nov 1 by the way.) What specifically do you need in order to be successful?

Not anything hugely different from what you would need for normal NaNo.

So what do you need for normal NaNo?

A can do attitude.

You can do it. You can write/type/whatever. You have a brain. You like to write (hopefully. If you don’t like to write, why are you here, why are you trying to do NaNoWriMo….just why? Don’t torture yourself. Do what you love.) If all of that describes you, then you CAN do NaNoWriMo and you WILL.

Time management.

How long does it take you to type 1,667 words? 1 hour? 2 hours? 3 hours? Can you really carve out 3 hours daily during the month of April? Well, you can if you time it right. Wake up 10 or 20 minutes earlier, sleep 10 or 20 minutes later, write during your lunch, write during any downtime (no matter who you are, a student, a parent, a doctor, whatever, there’s downtime)…! Maybe take less time in the shower or bath. There are infinite ways to whittle down everything else you are doing in order to figure out how to write. Just always think about writing. That’s my advice. When can you squeeze in 10 minutes? While that might not seem ideal since sometimes it takes you 10 minutes to even get into the writing mood, and then your window is lost. What do you do?

Always be in the writing mood.

It’s NaNoWriMo. This is the most fun I have had in years. This might be the most fun you have also had in years.  Be the writer. You are already a writer, but now you have to FEEL like one. ACT like one. (Getting horrible flashbacks from all caps act looking like the ACT standardized test. Moving on.) If you are always thinking about your novel, you will always be in the writing mood. Just get EXCITED.

Get your friends to do it. too.

There is nothing better than moral support. You will get tons of moral support from the NaNo staff and from your writing group mates.  Sometimes internet friendship is not enough. If your real life friends are doing it, or even if they know you are doing it, they can support you all the way. 🙂 Writing friendships are the best friendships.

These are a few of the tips I have for doing NaNoWriMo. There will be more to come because I have done NaNo countless times and I have not always won but I have always been in the winning spirit because I love writing.

So, get in gear, get your novel ideas ready, or just get hyped because NaNoWriMo is coming.


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