Tips for Winning NaNoWriMo

Plan your work and work your plan

November means different things to different people. For folks in the U.S., it’s the month of Thanksgiving and Pumpkin Spiced Lattes; to our friends south of the equator, it marks the run-up to Summer. But for aspiring novelists everywhere… it’s our most creative time of the year!

November is National Novel Writing Month which, despite its name, is a global competition for authors. To win it, simply sign up and finish a draft of a 50,000-word novel within 30 days. Easier said than done, right? nanowrimo-logo

Here are some tips that have worked for me in the past and I will be using them again next month.

1. Plot your novel, use an outline

2. If you are a pantser, at least have a beginning, middle and end.

3. Next I decided I could realistictly write 20 of the 30 days so I divided 50k by 20 and came up with 2500, the number of words I need to write each day designated day.

4. I took my calendar and blocked out my writing days. Be very protective of them, make Dr/denist appointments etc on non writing days.

5. Get your family onboard by having them help with laundry, shopping and preparing meals. My hubby is the best and very supportive.

That’s it for this week. How will you plan your NaNo challenge?


REMEMBER  to enter my monthly book giveaway by clicking on this link October Giveaway

Happy writing!