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Get ready for NaNoWriMo 2017

Updated on July 18, 2017

What is NaNoWriMo?

NaNoWriMo is the name given to the now Internationally recognised National Novel Writing Month. It is an event for writers that runs from the 1st to the 30th of November.

It was started back in 1999 by Chris Baty a freelance writer. In its first year it was run in July and only had 21 participants all of whom where from the San Francisco Bay area. Today there are writer's from all over the world taking part every year.

Writers are set the challenge of writing a 50,000 word novel in a month. There are no restrictions on the type or genre of the story, the only other restriction is the time constraint of 30 days.

It is a fun challenge for writers of all ages and abilities and the website is like a social network for writers during and even before and after November.

Preparing For NaNoWriMo

A lot of writers who decide that they are going to do NaNoWriMo do so a few months in advance and start preparing as early as they can.

These preparations could be as simple as making sure they have the right tools to hand before the start of November. However some writers start planning out story ideas in advance. This is allowed as long as no story is written down before the 1st November.

I like to use daily prompts for my attempt and so start looking at prompt and story idea generator websites in mid September to early October.

Another way to prepare yourself is to try and write a short story of between 1,500 and 2,000 words in one day. This is the amount of words to be aiming for each day to finish NaNoWriMo.

Steps To Get Ready For NaNoWriMo

  • Decide to dedicate at least an hour a day to the task in November.
  • Sign up to the Website if you have not done so before.
  • Get your writing tools in order.
  • Do plenty of reading before November.
  • Plan your days to fit in your writing time.
  • Try writing a short story in one day before November.

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      Ann Carr 22 months ago from SW England

      Thanks for explaining this. I've wondered for a while what those letters mean! Thanks for the links too.

      I might give it a go.

      Ann

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      Amy 22 months ago from Darlington, England

      Have a go its great fun and the feeling you get when finish is well worth it.

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      Ann Carr 22 months ago from SW England

      I've downloaded all the blurb so we'll see what comes up! Can't resist a challenge.

      Ann

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      Amy 22 months ago from Darlington, England

      I've g8t t8 decide if its worth it this year as I'm due to give birth to my second child in mid November. This means that early November I'll have some free time but late November I'll not have much of it. Thats if all goes to plan.

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      Ann Carr 22 months ago from SW England

      We never know with these little ones, do we?! My latest grandchild was born on Easter Sunday; she's a beauty and is the youngest of 3 girls. I also have 2 grandsons so they all keep me busy.

      It's worth a try anyway, isn't it? Depends how tired you are; if you do lots of preparation maybe you won't need the whole month. Easy to say by someone who's never tried it!

      Hope all goes well - with the baby I mean, but also with the novel!

      Ann

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      Amy 22 months ago from Darlington, England

      I'm definitely going to give it a go and try to get my 7 year old to come up with some ideas. She is very imaginative so she should be a great help.

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      Ann Carr 22 months ago from SW England

      Great idea. 7-10 year olds have the best imagination ever; sure to give you some great ideas. My 14 year old g/daughter is quite good at writing and the 4 year old has tons of ideas but I'm not sure they'll have any for me!

      Glad you're going to have a go.

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      Amy 22 months ago from Darlington, England

      In my family those of us who write do so for the younger reader. One of my cousins has published a set of childrens books and I keep on working on a set of books for the late childhood, early teen market.

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      Ann Carr 22 months ago from SW England

      That's great. I've tried a few over the years and have a load of drafts in my files. However, that 14 yr old I mentioned and I drew up a draft for a children's book whilst they were visiting us in France; it's still being developed. It was based on an old tree in the garden of our holiday home which is now sold but fondly remembered.

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