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Saturday, October 29, 2016

NaNoWriMo Preparation

Well, we are three days away from the beginning of National Novel Writing Month and I can't wait to dive into writing recklessly for thirty days of November. 

Since NaNoWriMo is so close I thought I would share some prep tips.

  1. Hold yourself accountable. Let people know that you are participating. Text your friends, tell you family, scream it to the world via social media. The more who know you are doing it, the more people who are going ask how it is going, the more likely you are to actually do it. No one wants to face the embarrassment of failure, but I feel its worse to face that you honestly just didn't try.
  2. Find others to help keep you motivated. Raimey Gallant put together a site to list people participating in NaNoWriMo. Click here to be added to that list. Also visit NaNoWriMo's Forums to discuss your story and to receive advice and motivation to keep writing.
  3. Visit NaNoWriMo's Pep Talk page for advice from fellow writers.
  4. Write down any ideas you have for a story. Write down names and places that interest you. 
  5. Buy a notebook dedicated to National Novel Writing Month. Fill it with plots and character descriptions. Use it to write in when you aren't near a computer.
  6. I know that Halloween is the night before NaNoWriMo begins but adequate sleep is a must and not just the night before it begins but every night. You can't think straight on only 2 hours of sleep. You need sleep.
  7. On the flip side you also need things to keep you from getting sleepy during the middle of the day. So do what you need to do: Load up on coffee, soda, or tea. Drink your water. Fill up on sugar. Run a mile. Whatever energizes you, do it!
I hope you find these tips helpful and I'll share more tomorrow and Monday. Happy Saturday everyone!

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