I haven’t had power at my house since Hurricane Sandy hit us on Monday, so last night I waited in the dark until the stroke of 12:01 am and started writing my novel by candlelight on my charged up laptop. I will not let a power outage stop me from writing, but it certainly has hindered my ability to blog all week!
This year I am a self appointed leader of peoples, trying to encourage some friends on Facebook to write their novels. For most of them it’s a first time deal, and as much as I want to win NaNo this year (and I am pretty confident that I will) I think it would be just as big of an accomplishment to help another person finish their novel, too.
Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year? I find it to be quite a rewarding experience. This is my seventh consecutive year of participating, and I have gotten three finished books out of it. I’m hoping/striving for a fourth this year. So, being a winner half the time makes me feel like I actually know what I am talking about when I give advice, and here are the best words I can give to beginners, in the beginning:
- Tell everyone you know that you are writing a novel this month. It will make you feel accountable to people and push you to work harder. At the end of the month, those people are going to ask whether you’ve finished your novel, and I am willing to bet you want to tell them “Yes.”
- Just. Say. NO! You are going to be invited to dinner, to a bar, to a movie, for a date … just because you want to write a novel this month doesn’t mean that the people in your life are going to make it their prerogative to respect your time and not tempt you away from your words. It’s only one month. It’s okay to stay in and write even when there are fun things and fun people to distract you. Make those people impressed and proud of your dedication.
- Don’t get discouraged. Have you ever raced? You know, just because a person starts out strong doesn’t mean they will win, and vice versa. If your word count is low in the beginning, or if it’s November 3rd and you haven’t even started yet – don’t worry. There are 30 days in November, and 1,667 words a day will get you to 50K. But 2000 words in 25 days will get you there, too. There’s also this wonderful thing called caffeine. Make friends with energy drinks. Throw some vodka in them if that’s your thing. One year, I wrote almost 10K words in one day. YOU CAN DO IT.
I will follow up with more pep talks throughout the month, but TOMORROW, November 3rd, I am hosting an interview with A.M. Harte for her Above Ground Blog Tour on this blog, so please come by and give her some love in the comments, buy her book, and enter her contest!