How Do You Prep For NaNoWriMo?

For all those who are unaware, NaNoWriMo—National Novel Writing Month—is the annual event where writers attempt to finish a novel (or 50k) in a month. That’s 1,666 words a day. (666—a coincidence? I THINK NOT, SATAN.) Now that it’s Halloween, or The Panic Day Before NaNoWriMo, I thought I would put together a post on NaNoWriMo prepping.

I am an essentially lazy person, meaning I don’t have the patience to plot out every detail I plan on writing. So I literally know nothing about my novel, aside from these few things:

  • A beginning
  • A middle
  • An end

And, of course, I do know some things about my characters… but very little. I let them develop and grow when I write the NaNo-2015-Participant-Badge-Large-Squarenovel. So… in other words, I’m basically a panster. I let my story go where it wants, and I revise and edit from there once the first draft is completed. To give you some idea, I only have very, very, very basic outline of my novel… and in the past, that has worked well for me. Not too much for everyone, though. So here’s a tip for anyone giving NaNoWriMo a shot this year: give it a shot, yes, but don’t put too much pressure on yourself to “win”. Be proud of what you’ve written regardless of whether you make your intended goal or not.

This year, I’m not entirely sure I’ll be able to complete it. I know I’ll have Frayed copyedits coming in soon so I’ll have to switch focus to work on that but I’m determined to get something down this month. Besides, I’m super super enthusiastic about this idea.

And, for those who are debating whether to attempt this crazy, badass event, I say hell yeah. My debut novel Frayed was actually written in NaNoWriMo 2012. It’s now being published by Sourcebooks in June next year—so yeah. Give it a shot. You never know where it’ll take you.

Happy Halloween! How do you prep for NaNoWriMo?

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12 thoughts on “How Do You Prep For NaNoWriMo?

  1. I’m a pantser as well! I can’t plot out every little detail, because if I already know everything there’s no reason for me to write the book. I need to find out with the characters. :D Of course I do get ideas for where things are going while I’m writing it, but when I start I know pretty much nothing. That HAS led to getting stuck before though, so I’m trying to find a middle ground now. Your beginning/middle/end thing sounds good. :) I’m doing NaNo this year too; it’s my first time of really attempting it, so I’m hoping for the best!

  2. Omg I still flail with excitement for you every time you mentioned Frayed! :D And that’s soooo cool it was a NaNo too! I kind of wish I could panster sometimes?? I used to but. IT DOESN’T WORK FOR ME. *blinks at 3K outline and 19839 million sticky-notes of world-building* SO YEAH. I have a lot of prep done, and hopefully it’ll all come out like I want it too. It can be hit or miss sometimes. ;)
    Good luck for however much you manage to get written!! (Didn’t you finish in 5 days last time?!?!)

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