Camp NaNoWriMo is right around the corner which means its time to get ready to write a novel! Camp NaNoWriMo is where you spend 30 days writing a 50,00 word novel. It the same thing as NaNoWriMo except that it takes place in April and July instead of November. If you think about it you could write three books a year if you participate in November, April and July. Anyways, I participated in the July Camp NaNoWriMo in 2018. That is when I wrote the first draft of Apprehension(Jayce & Sabrina book 1). With Camp NaNoWriMo coming up I came up with some tips to get started.
I can not stress this enough you need to plan ahead of time. Writing 50,000 words in a month is going to take some time out of your day. So its a good idea to be prepared. What time are you going to write? How long do you have to write? Are there any days during the month that you can’t write and how are you going to make those words up? A lot of things can happen and go wrong through out the month the best thing you can do is have a plan in place.
This can also mean planning your novel. I am mostly a pantser but I do plan somethings. I plan out my characters and I have a bit of an idea where I want the story to start. If you are a hardcore planner than use the month of March to get started. Whatever your stratgey is for planning out your novel get started. If you are a romance author and your not sure how to start planning I will be creating a blog post with some tips.
Find your writing space
I think having a dedicated writing space if a great way to promote productivity and get your brain in the right mindset. Pick a spot. This could be a place in your home, the library, a table in the cafeteria at lunch, etc. If possible make that space unique to do. Then write there as much as possible. When you sit down at that spot it will trigger your brain to know that it is time to write.
Don’t put so much pressure on yourself. This is a month of high productivity but that doesn’t mean you have to pulling your hair out. Join the communities on twitter and Instagram. Ask to be a part of a cabin. Make this a fun experience for yourself and maybe then you can repeat it in a few short months.
I have more tips on writing on my podcast at : The Creative Author.
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