Prepping for NaNoWriMo

Hullo, fair readers! *waves*

*realizes I waved in the last greeting*

*tries to figure out what to say next and fails*

Alright, enough of my inner thoughts and wimpy-ness. Today I’m here to ramble talk about prepping for NaNoWriMo. ๐Ÿ™‚

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What exactly is NaNoWriMo?

National Novel Writing Month – also known as NaNoWriMo – is an online program where writers from anywhere around the world take on a challenge to write a novel in 30 days. NaNoWriMo lasts from November 1st to November 30th and is a great challenge for any aspiring author to undergo. Theย goal is to write 50,000 words, which is considered to be the length of an official novel. There’s a program for adults and kids, and it’s really fun to do. For more information, you can visit NaNoWriMo’s website.

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Since NaNoWriMo is a big thing to undertake, it’s important to plan ahead. After all, 50,000 words is aย lot to write. And whether you’re a planner (someone who plans ahead before they write) or a pantser (someone who writes with little idea whatsoever of where they’re going), it’s important to haveย some idea of where you’re going. You have to know at the very least the basic idea of what the story is about.

Obviously, it’s only September, and NaNoWriMo begins in October. But planning ahead is important, and the earlier, the better.

I learned this the hard way. For Camp NaNoWriMo in July, I didn’t plan much of anything for my novel. I was so excited to write that I didn’t allow myself enough time to sort through my ideas.ย I was left with one jumbled mess. Thankfully, I’ve managed to fix my mistakes, but it’s no easy task.

This year, I want to make sure that doesn’t happen again.

But how do I do that?

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Brainstorming

Brainstorming is a key to figuring out where you’re going. You have to let yourย thoughts and ideas be free, and it’s important to write down everything.

Once I got a basic idea of my story (blurbs and snippets to come), I wrote down everything. Every thought, every option, and every idea associated with my story idea. This way, I could get everything out on paper and have it to look back on.

Next, I did a Google search for “developing story ideas” and read articles and posts about developing ideas. I came across a lot of great posts and ideas.

I wrote some main things for my character. I wrote conflicts, fears,ย problems, reactions, etc.ย and any other thoughts I had that could play into my story. I thought and thought and struggled some, but I eventually got some ideas down that are vital to figuring out my plot.

Plotting comes easy for some, but for me it isn’t so. Brainstorming is key to figuring out where your plot is headed.

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Using Writing Prompts

There are a vast amount of writing prompts that can help inspire you. Use them! Pinterest is a great resource for writing prompts – andย boards for your stories is really helpful.

In my NaNo novel, my MC is trapped on an island. I did a Pinterest search for island and found a lot of helpful images that I saved for future reference. Writing prompts can also give you ideas to incorporate into your story that you haven’t thought of already.

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You have been warned… >:)

Free Writing

Free writing doesn’t work for everyone, but it is a huge helper in getting down your ideas.ย Iย have found that free writing by hand really helps me figure out my ideas, so naturally I would recommend it.

Free writing may seem weird, but it’s basically where youย write freely with no burden of plots, dialogue, or anything at all. You just write. Usually when I’m free writing, plenty of ideas pop in my head, and it’s important to write them down – whether or not they apply to your story.

Word warring is another version of free writing, where you get together with (an)other writer(s) and try to write a certain amount of words in a certain amount of time. I’ve done it once with a Camp NaNoWriMo cabinmate and it was very fun! (In case you’re curious, I won. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

NaNoWriMo can be challenging and even scary sometimes, but even if you don’t “win,” it’s a great experience for writers to get outside their comfort zone andย push the writer toย just write!

Although Iย didn’t dive too deep into prepping for NaNoWriMo, I hope you enjoyed reading! If you have any prepping ideas or questions, please drop me a comment!

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo?
How do you prepare your novel?

P.S. I was lucky enough to get to Beta Read Misty’s Shadows! And OH MY WORD IT IS AN AMAZING BOOK!!! I am enjoying every minute of it! ๐Ÿ˜€

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43 thoughts on “Prepping for NaNoWriMo

  1. Great post, Grace! ๐Ÿ˜€ And as a YWP NaNoer, I know this can be for them too! ๐Ÿ˜‰ But doesn’t NaNoWriMo start in November!? :O I thought it was November, not October! :O :O Ahh!!!! If it’s in October, then I need to REALLY get ready… :/ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜‰ And I free write ALL the time! It used to be the ONLY way I would write. That’s how I wrote my 23,000 word book. I had NO plotline for it before I started, and I didn’t know where it was going- didn’t use prompts- I just wrote. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜€ Haha! ๐Ÿ˜€ HOW DO YOU HAVE CABINMATES!?!? I’m VERY CURIOUS! :O :O ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜€ Haha! I know how to get Writer Buddies… but .. can YWPs not get cabinmates? :/ ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hmm…
    And I have the main thing of my story, but my complete outline was in a notebook that I LOST! :O I think I remember most of it still…buuuuut..yeah. I still need to form my characters more and give them more… character! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Haha! And you are write, Misty’s book was AMAZING! JUST SO AMAZING I COULDN”T BEAR THE AMAZINGNESS!!!!

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    • Thanks, K.A.! Yep, NaNoWriMo starts in November. ๐Ÿ™‚ Did I write October instead? Woops!
      Wow, that’s a ton of words! That’s really neat that you like to free write. ๐Ÿ™‚
      On Camp NaNoWriMo you can have cabinmates, but on YWP and regular NaNo you just have buddies. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Oh no! Hopefully you can find it! Good luck with developing your story! ๐Ÿ˜€
      YES IT’S AMAZING LIKE HELP!!! XD

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      • I THOUGHT you put October.. I’m not sure! ๐Ÿ˜‰ haha!
        Yeah! I do… but that story was pretty horid, because I wrote it starting when I was I think eight. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜› Haha!
        Okay… Gotcha. :/ ๐Ÿ˜‰ Yeah! Thanks!! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ My story is going to be pretty fun I think.. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜€ I already told you what it was about..right?

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  2. NANO NANO GIMME GIMME!!!
    Wait…*realizes I’m not totally ready*
    STAY AWAY BUT COME BUT STAY BUT….
    As you can tell, I’m pretty ding dong excited. I just wanna start writing already!! I’m kind of at that point with my planning where I’ve written down my whole plot, created my characters fully, and now am just like- I need to write! XD But I have to go through my plot and figure out any plot holes and answers to questions and such… *sighs*
    I don’t wanna… ๐Ÿ˜‰
    These are some great ideas! Good luck with your novel! From the pins I’ve seen you pin on Pinterest, your story is gonna be awesome! ๐Ÿ˜€
    -Emma-

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  3. hee hee hee! I love the warning image XD
    Na no sounds like fun, but I won’t do it because all I have is a half finished book, and one with nothing but a bunch of details, and three-an-a-half characters. XD
    Most crazily, ~Olive

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  4. What? Wait, WHAT? NANO IS COMING ALREADY? *checks YWP page* OMG, it’s coming in less than 2 months! *SCREAMS*
    Ha ha, I haven’t done any planning so far, even though I’ve promised myself I’m going to quit being a pantser from now no ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyways, those are awesome tips, Grace!! I really hope to see you in November!

    P.S. what’s your username for both YWP and adult Nano?

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  5. Wait… 50,000 words considered to be the length of an official novel? :O *runs to put all chapters in a Word document*
    Oh my goodness! I’m SO excited right now! I’m not even finished with my first draft of my work-in-progress novel Loyalty, and it’s 83,238 words!! And I still want to write at least five more chapters! I CAN’T BELIEVE IT! ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„
    Sorry, sorry. That had nothing to do with NaNoWriMo. ๐Ÿ˜› I just couldn’t contain the need to tell somebody that. ;P
    Anyway, this was an amazing post! I’ve always wondered what on earth National Novel Writing Month was, and this was super interesting to read. I don’t think I’ll do it though… ;P Good luck with NaNoWriMo, Grace! I hope you’re able to accomplish everything you’ve wanted to do with it! ๐Ÿ˜€
    โ€ขMadiโ€ข

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  6. So cool!!!!! Definitely going to do this!
    I’ve been wanting to write a novel about WWII for a while, and I had it all planned out – characters, events, locations, everything – but I needed motivation. This sounds perfect!!

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  7. I am SOOOOOOO ready for NaNo!!!!! Eeeeeek!!!!! I haven’t done much prepping yet-I’ve only figured out the basic details of my 6 MCs. So yeah…I need to get to work!!:D
    Ooooooh! Your project sounds interesting!!:D I once had a similar idea for a novel.

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  8. I’m 100% participating in NaNoWriMo! And I’m really excited for November – I can hardly wait! I’ve been in the process of preparing for NaNoWriMo for several months now, but with the start of September, I’ve been forcing myself to really sit down and work on preparing. (I told myself I’d blog about my preparation process as well, so that takes up even more time.)
    Good luck on your preparation! Keep us updated ๐Ÿ™‚

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