It’s halfway through Preptober! Are you doing Nanowrimo this year? In case you’re just hearing about this yearly insanity, here’s what we’re talking about:
“National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing.
On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.
Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel”
“The event began in 1999, and in 2005, National Novel Writing Month became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. NaNoWriMo’s programs now include National Novel Writing Month in November, Camp NaNoWriMo, the Young Writers Program, Come Write In, and the “Now What?” Months.” (all quotes from nanowrimo.org)
That’s the simple version. You can read all kinds of experiences and thoughts on this crazy, fun month of writing by searching any number of variations of the program name. I won’t bore you with all that. What I do want to offer you are some resources if you want to plan out and prepare over the next two weeks.
Nanowrimo forums to check out
The entire form can be an amazing way to procrastinate while feeling like your getting something done! Try to avoid that trap as often as possible! Here are some forums and one post I find especially helpful.
- Nanoprep — exactly what it says on the tin! Ideas, generators, prompts, worksheets and more to help you prepare to write 50,000 plus words in 30 days!
- Adoption Society — People leave ideas they aren’t using that you can try on for size. From plot ideas to characters, From Deities and names of all sorts— you can find it here. (Linking to the thread index, easier to find what you think you’re looking for!)
- Helpful Resources and Sites — Again, just what it says.
- Word tracker & story/character spreadsheets! — Thread linking to a spreadsheet author that I love her stuff. Great way for us geeks to see our progress and more
This is far from a comprehensive list of everything helpful on the forums. Sign up for your free account, then browse the forums. Start a thread, answer one, and generally have fun.
Nano Prep Posts Around The WebHere are some of my favorite posts to help with preparing for the writings. Your mileage may vary.
- My Top 10 Ways to Prep for NaNoWriMo
- 9 Ways to Prepare for NaNoWriMo
- 15 great NaNoWriMo prep sites
- Preptober: NaNoWriMo Prep
- 6 Tasks You’ll Love Yourself for Checking Off Your NaNo Pre-Writing List
- Preparing for NaNoWriMo: Your Guide to Outlining Success
- How to Write Character Arcs
- NaNoWriMo Advice: 30 Tips for Writing a Book in 30 Days (super long, but I really like the books listed on number 15 to 20)
Generators I like
- List of Generators on Writers Write
- Fantasy Name Generators (Lots of fun generators here for all genres)
And then there’s Wrimoverse!
Huh? You thought we were talking about Nanowrimo? We still are… here’s what the Wrimoverse about page says:
Welcome to Wrimoverse a multi-region NaNo adventure, spanning the seven seas and a multitude of countries, timezones, the MLs and their Wrimos.
Every November we set sail to the multiverse of our imaginations and the many words waiting to be written there. This year we’re diving deep and fishing up a whale new adventure, that if you couldn’t tell has an ocean theme. (We were being very subtle. We know.)
There will be various activities and events for you take part in, to aid you in working on (and perhaps fin-ishing) your novels.
There’s tons to do with Wrimoverse to break up the writing, as well as special chat rooms on ChatNano. Chat rooms are great for word wars/sprints and commiserating on how well or poorly the writing is going. Lots of support and you can run into lifelong friends. Come on and join us… there’s also a competition to get points for your ship (go to the about page to find out everything!)
So, that’s it… for now. I’ll be doing my top tips for NaNoWriMo in the next day or two. In the meantime, what tips do you have to prepare–general writing-related or Nano specific? Put them in the comments. Can hardly wait to see what YOU have to say!