How (Not) to Prep for NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo is almost upon us again! THAT’S A LITTLE BIT TERRIFYING. If you’re anything like me, you’re still under the assumption it’s August and in denial about all the things you still have to do this year. (It’s fine. Everything’s fine.) BUT! Because our lives aren’t hectic enough as it is, we have NaNoWriMo coming up next month!

For those of you that don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and it takes place every November. People who take part usually aim to write 50k (though you can honestly choose any word count goal you like: no one will tell on you), which basically means November is a month where none of us see the sun, we live on ten coffees a day, and by the end of it, we don’t know what “sleep” is anymore. IT’S FUN.

Whether you’ve got a solid plan about how you’re going to tackle NaNoWriMo this year or if you’re not sure you’re going to be participating in it, I’ve made a helpful list of things you should not do if you want to survive. Trust me. Or, you know, if you wanna fail NaNo, be sure to follow my tips to a T!

To all of you getting ready to smash out a novel next month: GOOD LUCK. You got this!

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How to Write a Novel in a Month

HELLOOOOO WRITER FRIENDS! Or readers who want to give writing a shot! Or just that random guy who stumbled upon my blog in the hopes of unlocking the secret to immortality — hi! For those of you that have been here before, or follow me on social media, you’ll know I love writing. I’m constantly chatting about what I’m working on and ideas I have for my next projects, and occasionally trying to take the perfect shot of my coffee for Instagram at a cafe and forgetting to write altogether… you know how it is!

But for the writers among us, you might know that April is Camp NaNoWriMo! How exciting! And by exciting, I mean getting five hours sleep, constantly snacking while attempting to drag words out of your brain, and wishing you could just run away to Bolivia to write in peace. Recently I’ve been a few questions on Twitter asking me how I have such a high word count goal for each day / week / month. The answer is… I don’t sleep. JUST KIDDING. I’m a big fan of naps. Sleep is important, y’all.

So I thought some people might find it useful if I were to make a little post about how you can write a novel in a month! IT’S POSSIBLE. So if you’re wanting to smash out 80k this April, or maybe just 5k, I’m here to impart alllll my wisdom to you (you might think some of it is trash — don’t worry, so do I. What do I know, I’m just a twenty year-old awkward potato who calls real life people characters). I BELIEVE IN YOU. GO WRITE THE NOVEL YOU’VE BEEN DAYDREAMING ABOUT. Yes, I’m talking to you. I like your hair.

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5 Things I Learned During #NaNoWriMo

So… I participated in #NaNoWriMo this month! If you don’t know what that weird mash of letters means, it stands for National Novel Writing Month – a month where writers across the globe get together (well, online, but the feeling of unity is real) and aim to write 50k during the month! It’s fun and hectic and we all need approximately 328 gallons of coffee to make it to December alive, but it’s totally worth it.

While I didn’t get to the full 50k this month (why do they plan this during the busiest month of the year, I demand to speak to the manager), I did make a really good start on a new WIP and I had a lot of fun doing so! I’ve been working on a crime / sci-fi YA novel for the past month, and yes, it’s as weird as that mashup of genres sounds. It has sociopaths and vigilantes and monsters and stabbing and scones! What more could anyone want in a novel?!

This is the third time I’ve participated in #NaNoWriMo, and still I learned new things from taking part again. So whether or not you were involved this year, I think these tips are applicable to all writing experiences. I hope you can take something away from this post!

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How to Write Your First Draft

So as you may have already seen, I finished writing the first draft of my Work in Progress (WIP) / novel last week, which was super exciting! But quite a few people have asked me questions to do with how a first draft works, how long it took me to write mine, and just if I had any tips or advice for people who were about to start working on a novel for the first time. Before I begin, let me say that I am in no way qualified to be giving writing advice and if anything, you should probably go and ask a reputable author. I’ve only written a first draft one other time — three years ago — and that book is never seeing the light of day. Before you ask, no, you’re never seeing it. Not even a snippet. I have buried it somewhere no one will ever find it.

Well, if you’re still with me, that must mean you’re reading to hear some dubious writing advice for how to ruin — I mean ace — your first draft! First, let me give you some background about how writing this first draft went for me.Read More »