NaNoWriMo starts in a few hours. Need a few tips? Check out these links:
National Novel Writing Month
National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000 word, (approximately 175 page) novel by 11:59:59, November 30.
Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.
Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It’s all about quantity, not quality. This approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.
NaNoWriMo: Quick Preparation Tips and Resources (Suzannah Windsor Freeman)
Lots of tips, resources, articles, and a last-minute checklist!
NanoWrimo Tips (Simon Haynes)
• Write in 500 word chunks, 4 per day. Should only take 20-30 mins each. One first thing, one at lunch, two in the evening with a break.
• If you write less than 1700 words one day, don't stop until you've written 1700 + double the difference the following day. That way, when you're thinking of giving up for the day you know you're getting double the work for your reward.
• Each evening, after you've written the daily 2k or so, outline a few scenes for the following day.
Neinke has links to several tools and tips on the link above and here.
NanoWriMo Veterans Share Their Secrets
Sakrua – Having a simple ten to thirteen point outline (one page) will keep you on track and inspire you when you get lost in the intricacies of your plot and run out of words.
Deanna – …never, ever, stop having fun. NaNoWriMo is a race to write, not a road to perfection.
Kelly – Write something every day, even if it’s only one sentence. Read the forums for entertainment and encouragement. Have fun!\
Jenn J – Take breaks once an hour. Don’t get eye strain or muscle fatigue. Drink lots of water. Getting dehydrated is easy.
Top 10 Tips for NaNoWriMo (Dina Ely)
9. Go on the road.
8. Don’t be yourself.
7. A rest is OK.
6. Eliminate distractions.
5. Prep your environment.
4. Write without editing.
3. Write every day
2. Research first.
1. Make an outline.
Anyone here going to participate in NaNoWriMo 2011? Go forth and NaNo. May you all win.