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NaNoWriMo: Starting Strong in Week One

Happy November! Let’s start NaNoWriMo Week One Strong!

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For this month, I’m not going to have in-depth blog posts. But I won’t leave you hanging.

If you remember my last post, I talked about getting ready for November’s biggest writing month called NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. So, that’s what I’m working on. You can follow me on Twitter to see how my novel writing is going.

But even if you never heard of this awesome binge-writing event, this is a great time to really get into a daily writing habit.

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So, the bottom line is you write every day for 30 days. It’s about committing to a writing habit, and NaNoWriMo is a great way to connect with other people who are going through the same challenge as you. Feeling tired and want to take a day off? You’ll get encouragement from others to cheer you on. Met a word count goal for the day? You’ll get virtual high-fives and “awesome!” replies.

Yes, this is technically a novel writing month, but why not join a community? First off, it’s free to join. Second, if you don’t want to write a full novel but have some ideas kicking around in your head, why not learn some valuable information to help you out? Also, if you’re the type to want to meet others face to face, there are lots of sit-ins that happen for NaNoWriMo to feel connected.

So, what should you do for NaNoWriMo Week One?

First off, I’d suggest creating an account on the website. There is a place for you to announce the novel you’re writing if you want to be counted among those pounding out 50,000 words. Next, find libraries, coffee shops, or any other places in your area holding sit-ins for fellow writers to come together. It does make a difference being around other people.

You can share your goals, frustrations, and wins via social media, and even get feedback. Look for these hashtags:

#NaNoWriMo

#NaNoWriMo2016

#amwriting

#novelwriting

#writinganovel

There’s many more, but those are probably the top 5 going on this month.

You can do this. It seems like a lot, but breaking it up into smaller goals helps.

On average, you’d write 1,667 words a day to hit the 50,000 mark. Use this time to brainstorm story ideas, write synopsizes, or use writing prompts.

just imagine the feeling of accomplishing a goal as large as writing everyday for 30 days. It’s almost like running a marathon: you worked so hard, and to finish is euphoric. Even if you stumble here and there (and yes it might happen), remember tomorrow’s another day, and you can get back into it.

So, go out there and write! And Happy November and Happy NaNoWriMo!

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? Let me know in the comments!

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