While a large portion of the world is dressing up to celebrate Halloween, I and several other writer procrastinators will be scrambling to get all our last minute touches to our outlines, or putting together our writer’s emergency kit. Some of us are just getting around to announcing our novel and signing up. Some of us are kicking ourselves for not buying the Preptober kits that I kept seeing all over the internet…
But whatever you’re doing today, tomorrow you will be writing!
Tomorrow, NaNoWriMo begins.
National Novel Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo, starts tomorrow. In case you have no idea what I’m talking about, the idea is that you write 1,667 a day, and by the end of the month, you’ve written a 50K novel. Writers the world over sign up to participate. Sure, there are support groups and writing parties that you can participate in, but at the end of the day (or month), you are the person doing the writing. It will be your novel you write throughout the month.
Are you ready for it?
Even if you are a Pantser (someone who writes by the seat of their pants), there are still some prep things that you can do to make sure you have the most effective NaNoWriMo ever. Follow along and I’ll share with you my last minute tips.
Even a Pantser (or maybe especially a Pantser) can be subject to distractions. Maybe a friend wants to come over to binge the new best show on Netflix, or you start looking on Pinterest for ideas… for a few hours.
What systems do you have in place to help you avoid these catastrophes?
This is one of those situations where being Proactive can actually help you. Have a pre-set text at the ready so you can respond to friends and family telling them you still love them, but you’re writing and can’t afford the distraction at the moment. Same for Twitter and Facebook messages as well.
Be ready with that autoresponse message!
As for those online distractions, you’ll either have to work on your novel sans internet or have a ton of willpower! Try turning off the WiFi. That can work wonders.
Have a playlist of inspiring music ready to go! Spotify has some pre-made writing playlists… if you know where to look. If you’re stuck, try soundtracks. Personally, I love the soundtrack to The Fountain. I listen to it while I’m at the museum sometimes, especially if I go by myself, but it’s also great for writing and has both mellow and intense sections.
Do you have a group of friends on the standby to help you get through your slumps?
I know, we just said be prepared to tell them to go take a hike, but you need friends around to remind you that you can do this! I wouldn’t have won last year without a fellow writer to hold me accountable. There are plenty of writers out there still looking for NaNoWriMo buddies; I’m one of them! Add me as your friend, and we can be NaNoWriMo friends!
Declare your story!
One of the last steps, before you start, is to declare your story. What will you be writing in the month of November? They have plenty of graphics for you to choose from to announce your participation, but it helps to give it a name and a synopsis.
Not Quite One of You
Aphra Simpson is still wallowing in her own self-pity three months after being dumped in spectacular fashion by her college not-so-sweetheart, Brennan. Her family and her closest friend all think he’s “The One,” and yet, somehow things turned terribly wrong. After a tarot reading prophesies a reunion and a marriage in 6 months, Aphra takes a metaphorical journey of self-discovery to become the person everyone thinks she should be in order to win Brennan back. Somewhere along the way, can she find her true self?
There are a ton of other things you could do to get ready, but those are the basics. Good luck to you this November! Hopefully, I’ll see you around and we can keep each other motivated!
This time tomorrow, we’ll all be writing!