NaNo Prep 2016

Hey guys!

It’s that time of year again. NaNoWriMo is right around the corner! Are you participating this year? I know I am! I’ve been dying to start the sequel to Haven, so what’s a better time to start than during NaNo when I HAVE to write 50 thousand words?! Though the task is daunting, I’m up for the challenge.

So, nanoers, if you’ve been following my blog for some time, you know I have lots of posts about NaNoWriMo. Let’s start with those:

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In the Works 2016

A year ago today I wrote a post called “In the Works”. Since it’s been a year, I figured it was about dang time I wrote a new one, and let you guys know all about what mischief I’m currently getting into!

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Editing & Tips to speed up the process

Good afternoon everyone!

It’s been a little while since I talked editing. We all know editing can be a gruelling process, but there are plenty of ways to speed things up and get your book in the best of shape. If you’re a good multi-tasker, that’s a great place to start. Have an outline? Even better!

Check out the video below for my tips:

Thanks for stopping by!

Stay classy internet.

Nanowrimo Prep: Final tips!

I can’t believe November is right around the corner. Where did October go?!

Before we jump into this one, I just wanted to wish everyone a happy Halloween and be safe out there in whatever you’re doing! Be that trick or treating, clubbing, binging on candy or heading to a house party, BE SAFE and don’t eat too much!

With that said, I wanted to talk over a few final tips before November starts and we’re all thrust into Nano madness!

  1. Schedule: Set yourself a schedule or time of day when you WILL write.
  2. Word Goals: We all know the goal is to write about 1600 words a day, but that will definitely flux are you take days off from writing. Adjust your word goals weekly to keep on track!
  3. Only stop when you know what comes next: If you do this, you’ll always know what you’re going to write the next day or next time you sit down to do so.
  4. Have someone to hold you accountable: Whether it me your mom, sibling, friend, etc, have someone to hold you accountable and ask you how much you’ve written that day. Personally I have a friend or two that participates as well. They’re THE best motivation because if they tell you how much they’ve written so far, and it’s over yours, it instantly becomes a competition to see who can write more, faster. They can also yell at you to get your shit together. That can be pretty helpful.
  5. Outline: If you have not done so yet. DO IT HOLY MOTHER OF GOD! If you need help with outlining, check out my outlining for NaNo post OR this awesome and hilarious blog post by Chris Wendig on outlining for Nano (Seriously read it, it’s amazing).
  6. Ready the snacks! More on that here.
  7. Characters: Have your characters fleshed out and ready to go, that way you can always make sure your story is heading in the right direction.
  8. Do not edit: I know it may be tempting to constantly read and revise what you’ve already written, but Nanowrimo is NOT about that, that’s for December. Save it for National Novel Revision Month. 😉
  9. Don’t sweat it: Don’t be too hard on yourself with your word count every day. If you’re having a bad day and can’t write through it, then don’t. Make it up when you’re feeling better. The same goes for your novel. If you’re not feeling it, don’t worry about it. Just keep writing. That’s what editing is for!

I think that’s it for me guys! I hope you’ve enjoyed this series, and I will be sure to let you know how things go throughout the next month! Good luck with Nanowrimo everyone, and feel free to hit me up on Twitter, Facebook, or in the comment section to let me know how you’re doing!

Stay classy internet!

Nanowrimo Prep: Outlining

WOW A MONTH UNTIL NANOWRIMO STARTS!

Where on earth did the time go? It seems like just yesterday I was just making an EARLY Nano prep post! Jeez!

Theatrics aside, today I wanted to discuss outlining. If you’re the type who just starts and writes, writes, writes, then good on yah! But I can’t do that! Personally I think outlining will give you your best shot at Nanowrimo. Though I’m sure many people do it without one!

For me, outlining is a way to propel yourself into your own story. It’s a way to plot and pitch (to yourself) where you want this to go. An outline is not set in stone. You can make as many changes as you want, or as few as you want. I know I ALWAYS without fail end up changing mine. I go where the writing takes me, even if I have a thorough plan.

For example: The Aldar Dominion is what I’m currently working on and what I will be working on for Nano. My timeline is 10k. Yes, you read that right. 10,000 words. And that’s without the edits I’ve already made. I know that is A LOT, and your timelines do NOT need to be that long! I just like writing a detailed timeline on everything I want to happen, chapter by chapter (this way I even know where to end). But remember everything doesn’t always work out as you plan it, and that’s OK! I know I’ll sometimes shorten a chapter or lengthen it on the fly because I thought of more details or decided to take some things out. Not to mention, sometimes a scene just doesn’t end up being as long as you thought it’d be, and that’s OK!

But, do you need a timeline? That question again. In my opinion (again), yes! Yes you do.

A timeline will keep you on track and tell you where to go when you’re unsure. Instead of writing until you run out of juice or get stuck, you can look at that handy little timeline and say, “OH! This is where things go next. Awesome!” Or, you know, something along those lines.

This is a pretty short post, but honestly I’ve talked about why you should outline SO MANY TIMES before! If you want to know more, you can check on my Nanowrimo Early Prep post, or the video I did a couple years ago on outlining:

So that’s it for me today guys! Let me know your take on outlining in the comments below!

Until next time! Stay classy internet!

 

UPDATE: 

Since creating this post last year I’ve made an updated video on outlining. Check out that video below:

Nanowrimo: Early prep time!

If you don’t know what Nanowrimo is and you’re a writer, WOW WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?!?!

So let me explain… Nanowrimo (or National Novel Writing Month) is basically this awesome global event that happens in November every year. It’s for writers of any caliber to join; it’s free, it’s easy, but it DOES take some preparation! Which is why I’m starting early (teehee). The goal of Nanowrimo is to write 50,000 words in one month (1,600-1,700 words a day). It can be a daunting task but once you get going it can be easy! (So I hear.) The good thing about this global event, is that you have motivation, you have people to push you, you have collateral in the form of internet friends who will yell at you to get your life together and JUST DO IT! (Oh, Shia hehe).

For myself, this will be my VERY FIRST YEAR!!! OMG!!! Well the first year I’m LEGIT going to do it if it kills me. I’ve tried in the past, but most of the time I just fall short after a few days and stop trying. BUT THIS YEAR WILL BE DIFFERENT! This year I have over a month to prepare, so I will prevail!

What I’m doing to prep is this:

  1. Writing a LOT. Wow sounds like brain surgery right? NO. I try to write a lot and keep “in the zone” so that I’m continuously motivated and inspired to KEEP writing. I don’t want to get to November and just start writing then, because I will most likely crash and burn from lack of previous commitment. It’s easier to keep going once you’re started than to start at all.
  2. Outlining. From prepping my brain, to prepping my story, this is something you SHOULD DO. I know people who just want to jump in and let the story take itself away and that’s great if it works for you, but if you’re not in that small percentage; THAT IS HOW YOU FAIL. That is how you get stuck somewhere and don’t know where to go. That is how you stop writing 2 days into Nanowrimo! NO MORE! We will outline to our hearts content! (And in great detail!)
  3. Ready the troops! Really, how do you expect to write anything if you don’t KNOW who you’re writing about? Know your characters, their enemies, and most of all know your protagonist! For a helpful character sheet to get you started, try this one.
  4. Get in the zone. Read, and read a lot. Read books that inspire you. Listen to music that inspires you. WRITE things that inspire you. Do whatever it takes so that on November 1st you are dying to put words on that page!
  5. Put things in perspective. Think about it. 50,000, writing between 1,600 and 1,700 words a day is not a lot. It is doable. Which is why writing a LOT puts you into practice. I can VERY EASILY get through 5-6k in a day. Keep in mind that’s while I’m at work, between taking calls (I work at a callcenter, BLEH). That’s also between my other work, blogging and social networking. Not to mention socializing with coworkers. If you write a lot, you’ll be ready to keep writing, I promise you!
  6. Knowing how to start. This goes along with outlining, but realistically it also needs to be a point of its own. If you don’t know how you’re going to start your story, you’re never going to get started. SO, take the time to think about your story, think about the scene you want it to start on. Think about it on the bus, on the way home, at work, before you go to sleep – solidify it in your brain so you don’t only start, but you get off to a GREAT start.

Well I think that about covers the steps I’m using to prep so far… More are bound to be added closer to the date. Such as; food prep, plans, making sure I have non-writing related outings to give me a break and having time to talk to other writers to get inspiration too.

There’s also this neat little thing where you can meet up with people in your area who are participating in Nanowrimo. I think that is a WONDERFUL idea and will hook you up with people all over who will be going through the same stuff as you, so don’t be afraid to get involved! You can find a location/group near you on the Nanowrimo website.

For more tips on prepping for Nanowrimo, head over to Pen and Muse to get some ideas! These two lovely ladies are experienced Nanowrimers and they know their stuff!

Until next time,

Stay classy internet!