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Gearing Up For NaNoWriMo

Gearing up for NaNoWriMo is a lot like getting my ducks in a row for writing. Mind you now, there's one exception to a month long writing a novel in a month challenge than the every day writing for here, clients, and other places.

Editing Not Allowed During the Month

You aren't allowed to edit at all. Not one single edit. Why? 50,000 words minimum during the month. 1666.66666 words a day.

That's a Lot of Words in a Day

Well, no. No it's not. For a writer, 1666......... words a day is nothing. At best an hours worth of work just getting the words down on a processor or paper. It's a piece of cake.

Characters Don't Play by the Rules

NaNo is for the fiction writer; mostly. You don't have to write fiction. You can write nonfiction, but that stuff doesn't count towards the badge of honor for NaNo. But you are encouraged just the same to get those words down for that book.

Wait! What about the characters not playing by the rules? Oh my dears! Even with the best laid plans, your characters have a mind of their own. They will take you so far away from your outline, your story will become a different beast than you planned for it to be.

Let the Characters Lead you

Even with your nonfiction, those little voices (your characters) will decide you need to wander over here touch on this subject while you are writing on that subject.

Let them take you there. Just make note (NOTE: this doesn't belong here) in your work so you have it for something else at a later date.

What?! Your ADD/ADHD won't let you? That's why the note context in front of what doesn't belong. It does help just a bit. Believe me. Believe that it does help because at the end of the month, your ADD/ADHD will be glad you allowed the off-handed stuff to stay. Remember I said 50,000 words. That's in 30 days. Sure it sounds easy enough to get those 1666+ words out a day, but life, work, and family seems to be the things that is assured you will wonder if you will make it to your goal at the end of the month.

This is why you need to let your characters lead you down the roads they do whether you're writing fiction or not. You can clean up their messes later.

But You Said the Stuff that Doesn't Belong

Well, yes I did. See what's happening here? No?

My characters are already getting in an uproar just thinking about NaNoWriMo. They are getting geared up to drive me over the cliff into the great unknown of what is yet to be this year.

Don't Panic!

Really! Don't panic, at least not yet. You can do that about this time next month. You'll be surprised at what comes flying out of your fingers onto the keyboard and what lands on to your text editor. It's rather psychotic. It's rather liberating, actually.

This is all For Now

Yeah, for the time being this is all. All that I have to share for gearing up for NaNoWriMo. Good luck if your doing it this year.

Getting My Writing Ducks in a Row

Image Credit » Karen Barnes Cover Image for Book on KDP

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Feisty56 wrote on October 25, 2014, 2:02 PM

I can't wait to see how your novel proceeds. You sound as ready as a writer could be for this challenge. I wish you the best of success.

paigea wrote on October 26, 2014, 12:59 PM

It sounds like an interesting process and you sound very ready! Good luck to you.