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What is Nanowrimo?

Updated on November 9, 2014

Nanowrimo and the ten tips!

  • Nanowrimo?


National Novel Writing Month! November is the month that writers get on their computers/notepads grab their caffein and sometimes discounted Halloween candy and write to their hearts content! They spend their weekends and nights trying to reach the goal of 50,000 words! No I didn't put to many zeros behind the 5.

  • Why would people be crazy and try to write 50,000 words in a month?


Its not really about reaching 50,000 words, it about sitting down and writing to finish your story be it short stories, novels, or even fanfiction. Sitting down and writing is the hardest part of writing not even making up your character's genealogy is as hard as just doing it! Now its not for everyone, I get that, but to have a reason to write and get over a hundred pages done in one month would go a long way to finishing a story.

  • When is it again?


It really has two months, July and November, its the same goal but its called Camp in July.

  • What is a writing buddy?


This may be odd for some people but a writing buddy is someone you get together with and you write with and bounce ideas off of. Writing with a friend makes it so much easier to write and get you closer to your goal. Plus, you can have a "Word War" and see who can type the most in a set time.

  • How do you get started with Nanowrimo?


Its free and very easy, you can type in Nanowrimo into your search engine and near the top it will say National Writing Month. Go into that and click sign up. It will be a very big and blue button near the middle of the page. And BAM! your ready to start writing. Now you can customize your page with a picture, what kind of music you listen to while writing, where your from, ect. and some people try to be funny when they put where they're from, one person I know wrote that they were from Middle-earth. It's really up to what you want to do with it.

  • Tips for Nanowrimo
  1. I have said it before, the best way is to just do it, and it is the hardest one as well.
  2. Getting a hot drink also helps, preferably with caffein to help keep you going.
  3. Some sort of food. Some people love to eat normal food like, pizza, noodles, or (if your like my cousin) Halloween candy that the stores just want to get rid off.
  4. MAKE AN OUTLINE!!! you really shouldn't use what you have already written before Nanowrimo, but an outline will help push you to finish and get were you want to go in your story.
  5. When you hit writers block and you want to cry (one of the two will happen) you should just get away for a bit, what a movie, read something, just do something because you never know where inspiration comes from. I like to watch some Lord of the Rings, or interviews on youtube with J. K. Rowling, author of Harry Potter, or Cornelia Funke, author of The Thief Lord (and more, really look her up, she's also known as the German J. K. Rowling.)
  6. Don't go on Tumblr, Facebook or stuff like that, it really is distracting and, as you all probably know, you can spend hours on those sites.
  7. Just keep going. Even if you think your writing sucks (and you will) just get through it and in December (which is when some Nanowrimo writers edit their stories) you can fix some of the problem areas.
  8. Clean off your desk once in a while. My desk is covered in candy wrappers, an empty frosting cup, an empty bag of marshmellows and other stuff, and it has only been a week since Nanowrimo started!
  9. Listening to music can help keep you on track and going, such as when a song comes on that fits the scene you are writing about, your fingers will have a mind of their own and before you know it that scene is done and its awesome.
  10. Lastly, make sure you sleep and spend time with your family and friends. Nanowrimo can take up a lot of time, but you still need to live and be healthy.

If you have never done Nanowrimo before and you love to write I encourage you to try it. It can be hard but when you're done and you reach that 50,000 words it will worth it and you will feel so great about yourself for doing it. Its fun, and a great way to meet people.

As a side note: sometimes there are writing groups that meet, such as Night of Dangerous writing, but I have never done it, so I didn't see the point of covering it. But if you want to check it out, you should, I have heard great things about it.

Here are the dwarves(and bilbo) to help encourage you!
Here are the dwarves(and bilbo) to help encourage you!

This is quotidianlight and she has been kind enough to let me use her video about Nanowrimo to help give tips. Thank you!

You heard the guy!
You heard the guy!

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    • RhondaAlbom profile image

      Rhonda Albom 2 years ago from New Zealand

      I did NaNoWriMo last year, but not again this year. You are so right, just doing it is the best tip. I whipped out 50,000 words last November, and am still on my first revision.