NaNoWriMo: Make November Your Best Fiction Writing Month

I won’t be doing NaNoWriMo this year; I have too many projects to be able to take on another, sadly. But if you’re getting ready for the big event we’ve got some writing tips to help.

What’s NaNoWriMo?

If you’re not familiar with NaNoWriMo, it’s National Novel Writing Month. Totally free to enter; hundreds of thousands of authors take part each year.

Let’s look at some tips to help.

NaNoWriMo: yes or no?

In Write Fiction: Nanowrimo Or Not?, we looked at some reasons you might do the program, including:

You’ve always promised yourself you’d write a book, one day. Having hundreds of thousands of authors who are also writing will inspire you…

Staying on track with your fiction

November has 30 days. Inevitably, life happens. On some days you won’t be able to write, so we covered Nanowrimo And Your Novel: 5 Tips To Stay On Track.

I always find this tip useful:

When your writing just won’t flow, you’ve lost your connection to your creative self. Make a word list. Any words you choose. Just list them across the page. Keep going, until you’re inspired to write a sentence.

You will be inspired… keep listing words. Your words don’t need to have any connection to your novel. This is a simple trick, and it works.

More fiction writing tips to help

These tips, 5 Novel Writing Tips To Help You To Conquer Nanowrimo, are all useful.

My favorite:

Relax. Start writing slowly. See how you feel. Over the course of the first week, you should be building a rhythm. If you only manage to write 400 words on Day 1, that’s OK. You will make it up later.

Starting a novel is hard work, much harder than working on your novel as the days pass. Be satisfied with a low word count initially, because your story is taking shape.

After November: here’s how to get your novel ready

By the time you reach the NaNoWriMo finishing line at the end of November, you’ll have the basics of a novel.

The real work kicks in now.

Schedule time to revise and edit your novel, so that you can set the seal on your hard work. In After Nanowrimo: 5 Ways To Sell Your Novel, we looked at tips which will help you to sell, including traditional publishing:

The big benefit of going the literary agent/ traditional publishing house route is that everything (except marketing) is done for you. You get an editor and a copyeditor. Your book’s cover and formatting are done for you, as are paper editions, and audio editions.

Make NaNoWriMo work for you

In our writers’ group, a couple of new novelists have been suffering the “what ifs…” about NaNoWriMo.

  • What if they can’t finish?
  • What if they hate their novel?
  • What if it’s a mess when they’re done…

None of these fears matter: none.

No word you write is ever wasted. If it’s your dream to be a published author, NaNoWriMo can be a wonderful first step — “winning” by completing your stint is wonderful, but so is trying.

Enjoy November, whether or not you tackle NaNoWriMo.

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  1. I wanted to reply to thank you for your advice here and in other posts. You’ve given me a new way to look at beginning and continuing the things I’m working on.

    Thanks again!

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