Nanowrimo 2018 : 6 tips to conquer National Novel Writing Month
November brings another National November Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and PaperTrue is just as excited as the participants of this month-long event. Gear up, let go of all your inhibitions, and start the prodigious project of writing 50K words to finish your book in 30 days.
Hole up in a place of solitude to achieve your goal or be a part of a writing orgy with thousands of other budding novelists in one of the NaNoWriMo events. In any case, PaperTrue will be your cheerleader. We promise you that once you become a Wrimo (as contest winners are called), we’ll assist you with meeting all the meticulous pre-publishing requirements. So, this season, you’ll be equipped to create a masterpiece of your own, just like Sara Gruen and Lydia Netzer.
Preptober just got over. If you’ve conceived the plot already, brilliant! You’re a planner. And if you haven’t got a clue yet what your book is going to be about, but you know you’re going to finish it, well, that’s okay too, you Pantser! We’ve got top tips for both Planners and Pantsers that will motivate you to give your best. Read on . . .
- Start your project! Just start.
NaNoWriMo is about jumping in, feet first. Ignore that little voice that whispers “you suck,” “you’re not good enough,” “this is shit,” or “I’ll never be able to finish it.” Shut that little voice down like the Chernobyl reactor because that’s the kind of damage it’ll do to your confidence as you go!
Make mistakes, take risks, but meet the daily word count target—you must!
As evident from NaNoWriMo’s biggest success story (we’re talking about Sara Gruen), it’s okay if you aren’t able to meet your target. Sara fell short of some 10,000 words one year. She eventually went on to finish what she started, and Water For Elephants ended up on the New York Times Bestseller list for 12 weeks and was later adapted into a feature film.
Once ignited, the fire of NaNoWriMo keeps burning!
- Surprise yourself
You have all the liberty to step out of your comfort zone and stay there. This month gives you a huge incentive to try out something you haven’t tried before. If you’ve only been writing romance novels, maybe try dabbling in fantasy or horror and see how you fare. Your spontaneity might bring something entirely new for readers of that particular genre. However, to pull this off, you need to do plenty of reading and research. Not recommended for Pantsers!
You won’t have to be too hard on yourself if you’re experimenting. You’ll find plenty of Beta Readers and critics on Twitter to help you improve your work. And it’s okay if your first draft sucks. Enhancements in the plot, story structure, and readability are just a click away.
- Put your writing first
It’s hard, it’s stressful, and life gets in the way. It’s natural to feel drained off your creative juices as you meet all your daily targets. By mid-month, it can really drive you nuts. You’ve neglected other chores and things are piling up, but you have to persist! Give it all you’ve got to write the most you can.
This exercise may become more natural if you practice it daily and not just for a month. Every day is like NaNoWriMo for Shoshanna Evers. This bestselling author writes 2,000 words daily. If you have that kind of dedication, don’t be shocked if you find yourself on one of the most popular authors’ lists like Shoshanna does on Most Popular Authors in Erotica on Amazon.
- Don’t take a day off
It’s a trying month for all writers partaking in NaNoWriMo. NaNo reinforces the importance of not taking a day off. It’s how any novelist manages to finish their novels in the long run, by welding themselves to the chair every day and putting words to the screen or paper, come hell or high water. Got a headache? Better write. Had a long day at work? Better write. Going through a Manic Monday. Sit down and write!
For just one month, treat this as your second job with no leaves and no weekends. By the end of it, you’ll be rewarded with the immense satisfaction of having finished penning an excellent book. You can always rely on PaperTrue for the perfect editing, proofreading, and book design to make your manuscript into a NaNoWriMo list-topper.
- The only rules are the ones you set
Be a “writing rebel”—play by your own rules! When you’re in “the zone” just go berserk! Start when you want to start, rewrite or revise an old idea, write more than one story. Use whatever tricks you have up your sleeve to make writing a priority. Things aren’t going to explode or go disastrously wrong if you break a few rules here and there. Sometimes it’s the unapologetically rebellious books that people fall in love with the most. And if your rule-breaking doesn’t quite go as planned, you can always start again.
- Silence your inner editor
You’re not going to want to edit at all in November. What goes into your novel document stays in your novel document. No erasing, no deleting, no backtracking. It’s difficult to be objective when looking at your own novel. It’s better to take a second opinion of your work, have someone take a look at it once you’ve finished writing and give you an honest feedback. Then comes the hard work of editing, revising, and polishing. And you don’t even have to do it at all! The editors at PaperTrue have got your back. We’ve got you covered once it’s all over. You just finish writing!
Persistence thy name is Lydia Netzer. Shine Shine Shine, New York Times’ Notable book for 2012 took multiple NaNoWriMo to finish writing. Lydia could type the last word after years only because she realized that her inner editor must be wrestled into submission.
In Lydia’s own words, “Don’t worry; just write. Go, go, go.”
So, that’s a whole lot of inspiration to get you going. Let your muses know you mean business! And stock up on lots of caffeine & chocolate to keep you awake, alert, and writing for thirty days.
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