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Preparing for Nanowrimo (Part 4)

Have you:
Written your novel plan?Thought about your first 1667 words tomorrow?Connected with similarly crazy folk on the Nano site to be your writing buddies?Bought enough food for the month?Tidied the house within an inch of its life?Completed the washing and ironing and have enough clothes to last until the end of November?Talked to the dog about the fact that he/she can only use the garden for 30 days?Sent your kids to your in-laws?Set your alarm to get up an hour earlier each day?Told your boss not to expect too much this month?Made a giant casserole that will last you 30 days during November?Cancelled any commitments you had?Told your friends you'll see them in December?Stocked up on beautiful new notebooks?Written down the emergency number of another author - just in case?Downloaded Scrivener or another writing tool for your computer?Disconnected from Facebook, Twitter and any other distracting sites?Turned off the Internet?Put motivational messages around your computer or h…

Preparing for Nanowrimo (Part 3)

One of the main purposes of Nanowrimo is to encourage you to get words down on a page and at the end of 30 days to have accomplished at least 50,000 words of your novel. Remember, however, that these words do not have to be perfect. This is your opportunity to write your first draft without worrying too much about whether you've selected an ideal word or sentence to portray what you want to get across. 

You have to be able to switch off your inner editor (which is easier said than done) and focus instead on writing down the words. As Neil Gaiman says:

“This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It's that easy, and that hard.”

If you let your editor get involved in the Nano process, this can be a real distraction from writing. So in this instance you have to practice letting go. It really is quantity over quality. But how can you let go of your editor if you're always used to him or her looking over your shoulder.…

Preparing for Nanowrimo (Part 2)

Right let's get straight to the point - the Nanowrimo site is a fabulous resource during the month of November. There are genre specific forums on which you can ask questions, seek advice and connect with others writing similar material. There are also the regional forums in which you can liaise with others in your area also undertaking Nano and celebrate your successes on reaching targets or alternatively get a kick up the backside if you're not cutting it. In addition, you will receive updates and motivational messages from Nano HQ. It's all there right at your fingertips. And there in lies the problem, it's right there at your fingertips - rather than your fingertips being on the keyboard typing your manuscript. I think you know what I'm saying.

Then add Twitter into the equation, checking your Facebook page and the time you need to review your emails and suddenly great swathes of time are eaten up and you're wondering why you're behind on word count wh…

Preparing for Nanowrimo (Part1)

They say there's a book in all of us.  Nanowrimo gives us an opportunity to prove that. However, if you've decided to give it a go, this year, there are some things to consider.

Having undertaken Nanowrimo for the past two years, the first year successfully and the second not, there are some things that I have learnt along the way that I thought I'd share with you. And of course if you've done Nano yourself I'd love to hear from you. It would be great if you'd share what worked for you and what didn't. Plus of course I'd love to engage with you generally on this Blog.  So far I've received zero comments.  It's pretty lonely here - come on someone, let me know you're out there and reading this!

Anyway back to the original subject - firstly, remember that committing to writing 1667 words every day for 30 days is manageable. However, you might want to think about what other things you'll  need to sacrifice in order to achieve it, particul…

Nanowrimo 2013

So we are only a matter of days away from the start of another month of crazed, edit-free writing as part of Nanowrimo. For those of you who don't know what it is, it stands for National Novel Writing Month and it's an opportunity to write 50,000 words of your novel during the month of November. Yes, you did hear me right - 50,000 words. I know it sounds a lot but you can do it and thousands of people do each and every November. Nanowrimo encourages you simply to write 1,667 words each day. It doesn't want you to re-read and edit your work. It doesn't want you to keep going over chapter 1 again and again to ensure that it really is your very best work. No, it just wants you to write each day and tell your internal editor to shut up.

If you sign up to Nanowrimo, you can:
add in how many words you've written each day to keep on track (and the site will tell you just how far behind you are should that happen - which it has to me each year), get distracted from writing …