Every year, we like to mention NaNoWriMo. It’s an exciting month, where writers across the world take up the challenge. Can they get their novels written? Can they do it in just one month? That’s the challenge laid before all takers in November, where writers must write at least 50,000 words and submit their daily accomplishments to the NaNoWriMo website. Every year, I’ve been fortunate enough to watch people take part. From friends and acquaintances, to complete strangers across Twitter and Facebook. This year, I want to be one of the crazy people who completes their novel in November. Here’s a little bit of information in prepping for NaNoWriMo.
NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month
Every year, NaNoWriMo allows writers to have a reason to sit down and write their novels. A writer will usually come up with their ideas in advance, then they’ll pen (or type up) their novel during November. The process of taking an idea and turning it into a written piece is quite a daunting one for many people. How do you even begin? How will the story open, how will it end? What type of setting, how much detail is going into small aspects? What makes your story any different, or any better, than any other story that readers across the world have ever picked up? These are the preliminary hurdles.
Writers focused on NaNoWriMo like to come up with ideas in advance. I mentioned not too long ago that I was making a private Wiki. In this wiki, I’m compiling all of the information I need on a bunch of different topics to do with the world I’m building. I figured that, if I can complete NaNoWriMo, then I need to have a world in mind. I needed to have something I could come back to, to write more about. So, I’ve been putting together a lot of information about my story, keeping it neatly compiled and adding and tweaking it over time.
For some folk, novel writing ideas are published via their own blogs. If you’ve never written a blog, but would like to take part in NaNoWriMo, you can create a WordPress.com blog and set it to private, so only you can see it. This can be a useful way to keep all of your ideas neatly together and for free (or if you’d like more control, at an affordable cost). Alternatively, consider making a private wiki, as mentioned in my article from the start of last month. However you decide to compile your information, it should be accessible and meaningful to you.
Acquire New Skills
One of the new skills I’m picking up as a part of preparing for NaNoWriMo is language creation. The above image is taken from my notes; a language I’m creating. The glyphs may mean nothing to you, or it may be something you’re very familiar with. Creating a language is something that’s fascinated me since I was a kid, as I’ve read so many good fantasy series… And most of my favourites involves a well thought out fictional language. This of course isn’t the only skill you would pick up as part of doing NaNoWriMo for yourself, but this is one of many that I’ve picked up.
Perhaps you’ve never been great at timekeeping in the past. Or, maybe, you’re looking to venture into a style of writing you’ve never tried before. NaNoWriMo is a month where you can enjoy writing and enjoy reading your friends works who are taking part. If you are doing NaNoWriMo this year, let us know in the comments below, or on Facebook and Twitter. Share with us what you’re doing to prepare (if anything) and let us know how excited you are to take part. I know I’m looking forward to the challenge.