NaNoWriMo or It's Good to Plan Ahead...

From: Tenshinoshin
Sent on: Monday, September 19, 2011 6:00 PM
Howdy writers!

Just writing to remind you all that November is looming, which means so is National Novel Writing Month, a very important time of year for those of us who strive to be wordsmiths/budding dabblers.  It's a wonderful time when many go in writers and come out novelists and  it encourages us to get together and support one another, which is sort of the spirit of our little group.  Whether you're published or super-inexperienced, this is an experience not to be missed.

There are a few rules to NaNoWriMo, one of the biggest being that you must write 50,000 words in 30 days.  This translates to 1667 words a day, which can be tough.  Another big rule is that you can't rewrite a novel you've already written, which means you're going to need a brand-spanking-new plot.  This brings me to my reason for writing;

Some of us are planners and some of us are not.  I find I work much better under pressure, so I usually wait until about a week before November first before planning my plots.  Others like to spend a lot longer, placing each plot point, building background and developing characters, building a complicated web of cause and effect and then they spend the thirty days getting it all down on paper.  If this is your first November in the trenches and feel the above statement applies to you, I highly recommend you start preparing.

Another way to prepare for November is to sign up at the NaNoWriMo website, which will go live with updates starting in October.  The website explains exactly what Nanowrimo is and has a lot of great resources for writers, including a massive forum which contains all sorts of plot Q&A, time management strategies and writing challenges.  Joining is free!

If anyone has any more questions, please ask!  This is definitely a situation where "the more the merrier" certainly applies and we want everyone in on the fun.

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