National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is just around the corner. In 2017, 468,104 participants from six continents set out to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Having done NANO in the past, one important tip is to outline or plan your novel out in advance, and a good time to start is now. Even if you choose to fly-by-the-seat of your pants one of the advantages I discovered was getting really useful material that while not making into a novel, for their way into short stories.
If you’ve never took part in this endeavor, here’s are the basics:
Sign up on the National Novel Writing Month official site. Once you’ve done that you’ll see various regions. Find your writing region where you can connect with other fellow writers. You can track your writing progress, commiserate with other writers, get pep talks and support, and enjoy the process of getting words and ideas on paper.
What do you get for all your sweat and efforts? An sticker showing you completed 50,000 words or more and the great satisfaction of a job well done.
I’m deep into my second mystery, so I’m not sure whether I’ll participate or not. However, it would be a great opportunity to lay the foundation for novel number three. Happy writing and if you do participate be sure and drop me a line on your progress.
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