In just two days, writers from across the globe will embark on an epic journey.
The goal? To write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.
Currently, there are 143,356 writers signed up for National Novel Writing Month at NaNoWriMo.org. If you are not one of them, you should consider. Some writers consider National Novel Writing Month kind of a right of passage for authors: if you can complete NaNoWriMo, you can complete anything you put your mind to.
Many of our fans have completed NaNoWriMo before, and lots of them are planning to participate again this year. We asked our veteran authors for their best advice for NaNoWriMo on Facebook and Twitter. Here’s what they had to say.
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1. Set daily goals
“Set and keep daily goals.”–Stephenie Hovland
“Never look back except to read the one passage you wrote the day before. Also, stay 300 words ahead if possible each day.”–Valentine Bonnaire
2. Always be prepared
“Always keep paper and pen(cil) with you.”–Taylor Shirley
3. Don’t edit
“Kill your inner editor. And don’t let him/her come back to life until at least December.”–Alisha Reichow
“Allow yourself the grace to write a first draft. This isn’t a masterpiece. Just the first draft of a novel. It’s not going to be perfect and that’s okay.”–Caitlin Muir
4. Leave room to lengthen the novel later, if needed
“Know the word count for the genre you’re writing…50K is great for YA, but short for adult fiction. Make sure you leave some wiggle room in your plot to add those extra 30K later on…been there, didn’t do that…”–Heather Day Gilbert
5. Keep moving forward
“Keep on keeping on… Do not give up…”–JoAnn J.A. Jordan
“It’s going to take more time than you think… so dont procrastinate!”–Crystal Duvall
Now it’s your turn.
Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? Is this your first time, or have you done it before? What advice do you have? What are you doing to prepare for the month?