It's that time of the year when the NaNoWriMo fever is going to take over, and the writer in you is going to unleash itself. Are you prepared?
Earlier this year I participated in Camp NaNoWriMo and tested a different approach to the whole NaNo writing process. And to my surprise, it had a very positive result.
I went in prepared instead of flying off my pants. I took the plotter route instead of the usual pantser style. And so this time around for this year’s National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo, I am going in prepared.
My preparations are two fold;
1. Preparing for the writing project and
2. Preparing for the actual writing days.
So, to prepare for the writing project I answered these: -
-> What am I writing - Genre, novella, novel, poems, short stories, etc. Clarity helps save time.
-> Outline the book
Check this link to know more about how to outline.
-> Character Sketches
I like to google images based on what my characters look like (ones I have done a character sketch) which I then print and have them in front of me. (Helps me visualize the story better.)
And to prepare for the actual writing days:
-> Tool or the writing material
This time around I’ll be using Scrivener to write. In the past, I have used Penzu, MS WordDoc, ODF, FastPencil.
They all have their own plus and minus, and it’s best to find something that suits your requirements best.
-> Writing spot
Apart from the 15 minutes sprints, which I’ll be doing where ever and whenever I can, I have narrowed down on two writing spots for longer writing schedules.
One is my own desk and the second one is the corner most table at the close by Starbucks.
-> Food and water
I got me a cute sipper to make sure I stay hydrated, and now I'll be stacking up some healthy munchies. I tried grapes; my go-to snacks while reading, during April Camp NaNo and it helped. So I’ll be sticking to this as my snack option.
-> Consider other obligations
Let’s be real. Life happens! And exactly for that reason, I have the 15 minutes system.
-> Schedule - doesn’t always work for me. So I'll write for 15 minutes very other hours - that has always worked for me.
-> Accountability Partner
Find your cheerleader/s who will be kind to you when you slip and cheer you on to the finish line.
I’ll also be tracking my writing sessions using this app to know how I am doing. There are others in the market too like Honorless, Language is a Virus. And then we have Svenja Liv, who offers spreadsheet to track the word count.
-> Stay Motivated
For some motivation check out NaNoWriMo's store for some fabulous goodies or just for some writing karma.
Last but not the least (because you can never be prepared enough).
-> Writing Playlist
Here is what I’ll be listening to while churning out the written words.
Happy writing y’all!!