September is drawing to a close and already, people are getting prepped for NaNoWriMo. Whether or not this is something you plan on doing, I think we can all take a few notes from the prep work. NaNoWriMo is not for the faint of heart, and while it’s something I doubt I’ll participate in this year (I’ll be working on my Master’s and have a full-time job), getting caught up in the spirit of writing with thousands of other participants is a little jump start we could all use.
So here’s the skinny in 3 basic points:
- NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month and usually takes place in November. The goal is to complete a book within a month. Or, if you’re anything like me, set a decent goal and actually stick to it. This is something I still have yet to accomplish.
- Agents get BOMBARDED with submissions at the end of the month through winter. I strongly advice you not to submit during this time. Polish your work. Make sure it’s as perfect as possible, and sit tight til spring. Yes, agents always have a full inbox, but you’re likely to get a little more attention after the holidays and NaNoWriMo craziness is over.
- You can find TONS of support online at various blogs/websites/Twitter accounts. If you’re serious about NaNoWriMo this year, I suggest you check out the following:
Sign up here to track your progress. You can also get pep talks and other types of support. If you’re going ham on this, signing up is your first step.
Follow @nanowrimo on Twitter
This kind of goes without saying. As a writer you should already have a Twitter account and try to tweet daily. Follow this account for inspiration and tips. Also check out the hashtag #nanowrimo as other writers and bloggers share their stories and advice.
An oldie but a goodie. This site hasn’t been updated in a while, but it offers you a plethora of other writers and bloggers who give excellent advice for creating a plan that works for you and how you can stick to it.
In a few weeks I’ll come back to this topic and share some ideas for goals and plans, but before I do, take some time to decide what YOU want to get out of NaNoWriMo. Remember, you don’t have to write an entire novel to be successful. If getting halfway through, or even just writing consistently every day is your goal, then push yourself to accomplish it.
And remember, you are not alone!