Two years ago, in October, I was midway through a twelve week challenge to lose weight. My Twitter feed became flooded (well almost) with #NaNoWriMo tweets. I asked ‘What is NaNoWriMo’? I checked out the site www.nanowrimo.org I got excited.
So I ditched my weight loss challenge (I was in the running to win $1000) and signed up to write a novel in a November. I didn’t have time to turn up to all of the weigh-ins and write 50000 words.
That was 2009 … I won NaNoWriMo. The winner of the weight loss challenge lost approximately the same amount of weight I’d lost in the first 6 weeks, but writing a novel was my dream. I knew I’d made the right decision.
Previously, I had started several novels but seemed to always get stuck going back to edit and rewrite parts.
Last year, I bounced back to the challenge and signed up again for NaNoWriMo 2010. And then we were invited to a wedding in
. I knew I had to get
most of my 50000 words written before we left Australia. New Zealand
I did it. I won Nano again in 2010. I love the adrenalin rush of forcing myself to write without looking back.
So with two wins under my belt I bring you some NaNo tips…
- Never look back.
From the 1st November to the 30th November the page that stares back at you beckons you forward. Keep a note pad beside you to make notes of where and what you need to adjust or make amendments to. Write in bold highlighted letters in the middle of your manuscript if you know you need to fix something in the earlier pages, but November is not the month to revisit what you’ve already written.
- Word Wars
Word wars or writing races help me write super fast. There are days in November where I simply don’t have the time to dwell over my storyline or find the right words. Write or die is a race against time where you can get as many words as you can down in 5, 10 or 15 mins (you choose) There are also loads of people willing to race you, check out the NaNo forums or your local write-ins.
- The house can wait
"Women with clean houses do not have finished books." ~ Joy Held
I love this quote. I’m not good at housework.. but in November it can wait.. or hire some help. What is 'writing a novel' really worth to you.
4. Check out my PiBoIdMo tips. They apply to NaNoWriMo as well. Yes I'm doing both PiBoIdMo and NaNoWriMo - I find they complement each other.
Are you game to have a go?