I was surprised to find that my biggest challenge was finding my writing rhythm. I put on 10 pounds that month, but I wrote the story—all the way through to that ever-elusive ending. Sadly, there is no one-month path to publishing … NaNoPuMo, anyone? After that first year, I convinced a friend to join me, so I would have a partner to meet and write with in the daylight hours, far from food temptations.
If I can do it, so can you! It helps to have a general idea of your story and characters before you begin, but once the clock starts, get cracking! You can fix it when you sit down with a smile to read your completed draft a month later, red pen in one hand and giant latte in the other nonfat, of course. Limited time offer. Order here. My first finished book is thanks to NaNoWriMo. The experience was a whirlwind of creativity, as I was forced to put aside my Inner Critic and Grammar Nazi a rowdy bunch that like the last word.
By the end of the 30 days, I had a manuscript of which I realized I could only keep less than half, but that was OK. I knew exactly how I wanted to edit my manuscript—and I did, over the next couple months. Forcing yourself to write 50, words in 30 days is a bit like putting paint into a shotgun and pointing at a blank canvas. One day, though, I just felt the overwhelming need to start writing. What I did was write at every opportunity. My month-long power session produced far better work, and was the best thing I ever did with my writing. WD Books : This book takes an interactive approach to help you complete your write-a-thon step by step, with expert instruction accompanied by spreadsheets to track your progress.
Includes worksheets, day-by-day planners and brainstorming exercises. No Plot? No Problem! Chock full of brain-stretching exercises, this book will have you running to keep up. When I started getting serious about writing, one of the first things I did was seek out like-minded individuals.
I love the idea of banding together with others poised for the same goal. Our competitive streaks help us shine. The trick is getting extra words in the bank early. Things always pop up as the month goes on. You will also be more burnt out by the end of the month, meaning that both the quality and quantity of your writing may suffer. Normally I edit my words in my head before the poor things can even get on my computer screen, so it was very freeing to just get it all out because of a deadline.
One month to create a story that had been brewing in my mind for years. And it was a challenge. I would berate myself every second I stared at that blinking cursor. It would be a half hour, an hour, as my eyes darted back and forth between the screen and the glow of the TV. But I soon discovered that just typing away was the key.
And out of the nonsense came a thoughtful sentence, and then another, and another. I had to sift through a lot of garbage to find a few treasures. But I found them. Read about them here. You know how they say you need to unplug? Turn off the TV, the iPhone, the Internet, all of it.
If I needed a break I picked up a book. Every time I read, I got an idea for what to write next. Write anything, write everything. Read what you love. And in the end know that you are a real writer. You always had a story to tell. And it may take longer than a month. But you can do it! My co-author Erin McRae and I wrote our first novel a 70,word gay romance in a month. Having each other as an audience kept us going, and wanting to be able to share it with others kept us going fast. We did the next two drafts in a month each as well, and then submitted. Our book was published by Torquere Press in September, and the publisher has bought its sequel.
Sharing it with others is your reward for the work. Also, if you do have a co-author, find one in another time zone! I was in Europe for my day job for a big chunk of our writing cycle, while Erin was in Washington, D. With the six-hour time difference, one of us was working on the story at almost all times.
The 30 Day Novel Trilogy: Plot, First Pages, Backstory
I had fallen behind early with my word count, and then started obsessing with trying to catch up. An apt comparison is running, where one may set out to run four miles a day, but some days runs may be shorter or longer based on how the runner feels on the trail. I wanted to try to write the book in 30 days. My plan was 2, words a day minimum, and February was a great month to attempt such a feat, as it can reach degrees here in northern New York. I outlined my ideas most of which never made it in—my work tends to take on a life of its own and not conform to my plans and made myself comfortable at the kitchen table with my laptop and Bob Marley playlist.
That first week I drank 21 coffees and wrote over 26, words, averaging 3, a day. The following week I wrote another 24, words, averaging 3, a day. By now the plot was getting thick, as were my character worksheet folders. I was writing 6—10 hours a day, getting up early so I could do most of my writing while my daughter was in school.
I finished the book in 18 days at 70, words—not a heavyweight, but a good size for my genre. As I write this it is No.
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My advice: Lure your muse out with some chocolate and pinot noir, grab a hold of her, and tie her to your desk until you are done. When you take the responsibility of creating the story out of the equation, it becomes quite easy. You are simply a conduit. In September , the idea for a novel fell onto my lap.
Knowing NaNoWriMo was six weeks away, I stockpiled mental notes, developing character profiles, plots, conflict. Once my day job invades my head, the brainpower and willingness to work on fiction dries up. So on the evening of Oct. Some mornings I managed at least the average number of words I needed to hit 50, Others, I struggled and vowed to make it up the next day. Every day, I marveled at the twists my story took from the sparse outline in my head.
I typed the last word—58,—on Nov. But it was disorganized, overly ambitious, repetitive and, for some reason, full of foul language. Four years later, Men of Sorrows is longer, structured, less repetitive, less cuss-laden. And it has a theme readers can relate to: How far will a person go to make life seem worth living? There has been one deleterious effect of the day-novel exercise: I can no longer sleep past 4 a. I spend my early mornings now writing my synopsis and elevator pitch, and researching agents to try to get Men of Sorrows published.
Maybe when that happens, I can finally get up after the birds do. Click here to buy it now. For more tips on writing a book in 30 days, click here. For more great writing advice, click here. Brian A. I was hoping to fill some gaps on on the Interwebs. Thank you for sharing; good article. I am very helpful here. Thanks for this post. Many thanks intended for placing this kind of! I anticipate utilize these suggestions while writing my essay this kind of fall like a transfer applicant.
Novels are verified for word count by software, and may be scrambled or otherwise encrypted before being submitted for verification, although the software does not keep any other record of text input. It is possible to win without anyone other than the author ever seeing or reading the novel. In October , the self-publishing company CreateSpace teamed up with NaNoWriMo to begin offering winners a single free, paperback proof copy of their manuscripts, with the option to use the proof to then sell the novel on Amazon. In addition to CreateSpace, each year NaNoWriMo has a new list of sponsors that reward winners and participants with various discounts and prizes.
The official forums provide a place for advice, information, criticism, support, and an opportunity for "collective procrastination. Most regions have one or more Municipal Liaisons ML assigned to them, who are volunteers that help with organizing local events and mediate regional forums. MLs are encouraged to coordinate at least two kinds of meet-ups; a kickoff party, and a "Thank God It's Over" party to celebrate successes and share novels. Kickoff parties are often held the weekend before November to give local writers a chance to meet and get geared up, although some are held on Halloween night past midnight so writers start writing in a community setting.
Other events may be scheduled, including weekend meet-ups or overnight write-ins. It has been described as a "mid-November extravaganza of food, drink, and lots and lots of noveling". Every hour or so, a 10— minute "word war" is held in which the entire room falls almost completely silent with concentration, save for the sound of keystrokes. Whoever writes the most words in the allotted time frame is temporarily awarded the much-coveted flower pot hat.
If a guest reaches the goal of 50, words while at the event, they are allowed to ring a bell kept at the stage, and receive much cheering. There are lots of sponsors for this event, many of which are the donors of most of the raffle prizes. Starting in , NaNoWriMo ran a Laptop Loaner program for those without regular access to a computer or word processor.
In , AlphaSmart, Inc. The difference between the regular program and the YWP was that kids could choose how many words to try to write. The word count goal for a young writer can range from a few thousand words, to the adult-standard 50,, and even higher in some cases; a typical standard is around 30, In its inaugural year, the program was used in classrooms and involved students.
Teachers register their classroom for participation and are sent a starter kit of materials to use in the class which includes reward items like stickers and pencils. Lesson plans and writing ideas are also offered as resources to teachers, while students can communicate through the program's forums. The only age restriction on the YWP is that, in most circumstances, no one can be over When a user turns 18, they are sent to the main site; however, high school seniors who turn 18 during their senior year can remain in the program until graduation.
YWP has their own forums which anyone from can be on. In , NaNoWriMo partnered with child literacy non-profit Room to Read , and continued that partnership for three years.
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Fifty percent of net proceeds from to were used to build libraries in Southeast Asia; three were built in Cambodia , seven in Laos , and seven in Vietnam. The two months were then switched to April and July for and , and have stayed the same since. The Camp NaNoWriMo website does not have forums, but participants may choose to join a group of up to 11 writers, called a cabin. To participate, writers commit to revisit their novels, signing a contract via NaNoWriMo, then attend Internet seminars where publishing experts and NaNoWriMo novelists are available to advise writers on the next steps for their draft.
After that, participants communicate on Twitter to compare editing notes and interact with agents and publishers. Participants stay updated with NaNoWriMo's blog where encouragement and advice are offered by authors, editors, and agents. Since , nearly NaNoWriMo novels have been published via traditional publishing houses and over novels have been published by smaller presses or self-published.
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