“Perhaps I'm old and tired, but I always think that the chances of finding out what really is going on are so absurdly remote that the only thing to do is to say hang the sense of it and just keep yourself occupied.” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Don't panic, it's a stressful time for a lot of writers, but that's why we write.
NaNoWriMo is easily one of the more terrifying events which wants you to do a lot of writing. Some people choose to write an entire novel and some people choose to do otherwise. The fun thing about this event is a lot of people are doing it and a lot of people are just as scared of going in blind as you are. This is the month were your strengths, your quirks, and your mild attention span will be tested with the name of the game: National November Writing Month
What in the World is a NaNoWriMo?
It's basically a month of panicking, crying, and guilt over the fact that fifty thousands words can be a lot depending on what you do and how much you really care about all those silly rule things anyways. NaNo circles completely around the idea that there are a whole lot of people with a whole lot of time and a whole lot of imagination that should be put together in a whole lot of words. It's really doesn't matter who you want to could your words or if you want to count them at all the begin with.
How Do I Prepare?
Some writers like to plan out everything about their plots, their stories or their lists of poetry before they jump into the month. Some people like to start early for the fun of inspiration and some people just want to jump into the whole game like Batman in a ball pit. The whole point of this month is to just write and to be a part of the community spirit around the world of writers to do so. What you're passionate about can count in your word count because you can control the rules.
Naktarra's Guide to NaNo:
- Generally do what you enjoy to do.
- Apply that to what you're going to be doing for the next month.
- Try something new! There are plenty of neat writing challenges out there.
- If you're writing a novel, prepare a general or detailed outline of what you feel like doing.
- Be sure to always bring your own writing kit around with you. (Notebook, pens, and a thesaurus. )
- Even if your brain is being stupid and loud when you're trying to get to sleep, you might as well write down with what it spews.
- Remember: There's a whole lot of people cheering you on over here on DeviantART, so you're not alone.
- Remember: Write what you want to write, not what the numbers say you should write.
I'm Terrified and I Can't Find My Pants
The good thing is that to be a writer you don't need pants. NaNo is here to offer the writers with absolutely free
comfort in your own home or local coffee shop. The fun of this is that there is really only one goal of fifty thousands words to be met and even that can be bent. You will find contests and events catering to the goal. Lovely, lovely, people like IrrevocableFate
also are putting out a lot of love and support to everyone who wants a bit of inspiration. Those who are scared can be comforted by the warm, squishy bosoms of community volunteers.
Some Things to Help:
Menagerie of Literature Contests: Updated 10/12 Literature Contests and Contests That Accept Literature!
Don't forget this exists. Now you can get straight to work on those contest entries.
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NaNoWriMo Resources Write or Die
There are tons of activities for National Novel Writing Month but the most important is that pesky writing thing. To help with that you can use an online application like Write or Die to do some solo speed writing. You set the time and/or word count you'd like to reach and then select your consequence settings. During the time you must continually type or you will receive a negative consequence.
Write or Die really does put the prod in productivity with multiple consequence settings and a timer.
Track your progress! This will help you see how far you've come and how much you still need to accomplish. It's a great way to procrastinate too! There are loads of fancy and simple ones on the internet if you run a quick Google search.
I found this one on deviantART: NaNoWriMo 20
Ready, Set, NaNo!So it's that time of the year again and we're all racing around trying to get our bits together for NaNoWriMo. OR, we're laughing at the people running around trying to get all their bits together for NaNo. In the past, I've written articles on what NaNo is and how to prepare for it. This isn't one of those articles. Well, not entirely. Let's start with the glaringly obvious.
What's the point of NaNo?
If you answered "To write a 50k Word Count Novel in a month's time," you're wrong. NaNo is about conditioning writers to write regularly, keep those creative juices flowing and to work under pressure. November is a busy month. Students are back in school. Parents are dealing with said students. In the United States, we have Thanksgiving and of course everyone is getting ready for Christmas. Add in clearing 1,667 words a day and we're talking about some major pressure. But that's the poi
The 50 Prompt Challenge (2014 FFM Prompt Bank!) For those who missed the month of fiction, don't like deadlines, like other forms of art, or just like lists. Happy Writing!
There are plenty a hundred prompt challenges out there giving you one simple little word that you have to write a story, poem or what-have-you off of it. Why not just fifty, but all of the prompts come from the community? This is for those too scared to the number of one hundred and for those looking for more diverse and interesting prompts. There are no deadlines and you don't even have to stick to this exact list. See a line you like? Have fun with it.
Feel free to use this for prose, poetry or whatever type of writing or art outlet makes you happy. All of these prompts are from the 2014 FFM Prompt Bank. If you're interested in more wacky prompts, you aren't limited to what's here. Create your own list! Mix and match if