One Week from NOVELmber

NOVELmberAre you ready? Is your calendar cleared for 30 days?

NOVELmber is one week away. Take a deep breath. You can do this. You’re not alone; there’s a whole cast of writers waiting to start their stories.

If you plan to participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), here are a few tips, things I plan to do to help improve my chance of success with the challenge of writing 50,000 words in 30 days.

  • Get Ahead of the Game: I’m making a list of several things that need to be done in the next two weeks. I’ll spend the next six days ticking things off the list, so when November 1st arrives, I won’t have them distracting me.
  • Writing on the Road: I’m at markets every weekend in November. I plan to take my netbook with me and write during down times. I can easily transfer the story from my laptop to the netbook using a memory stick.
  • Day Dream: Thinking about my characters, running them through several scenarios and thinking about what works and what doesn’t, will help me get into their shoes. When I spend my waking hours thinking about a story, I can write without stopping to think.
  • Make Notes: My memory can be poor at times, so when I think of a character name or a specific circumstance, I’ll make a quick note, so I’ll be reminded of it while I’m writing. I’ve already decided who the main character is: woman, 50, frumpy, bored, quiet, plain, simple, doesn’t expect much from life, settled into the routine of 30 years, two adult kids, old-fashion husband who expects dinner on the table, part-time job, volunteer and…slightly restless.
  • Do the Math: To reach 50,000 words in 30 days, I must write 1,667 words a day. That will be my goal each day, nothing more and nothing less. It’s a game. I stop when I reach the first period after 1,667 words.
  • Tea and Honey: I’m stocking up on loose tea and honey, so I won’t run out some night when I really need a warm drink and some motivation. I wonder if my character drinks loose tea. Perhaps she will by November 20th.

What are your game plan? Do you have tips to share with others who are taking on the challenge?

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