Once again this November is going to be a busy one! NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is happening again this year. The idea is to attempt to write 50,000 words in one month. It is quite a challenge but even if you don’t reach 50k it is still great for motivating you to write.
The NaNoWriMo website: http://nanowrimo.org/
Also this November is the second year of REUTS independent YA/NA publisher’s short story project and competition Project REUTSway. Every week there is a new prompt for which you have to write a short story. This year’s theme is World Mythology, focusing on Egyptian, Celtic, Asian and Eastern European cultures. The best stories will be selected for an anthology.
For official rules see here: http://blog.reuts.com/project-reutsway-official-rules/
More information can also be found in their other blog posts.
These are some great opportunities to get you writing this coming November!
The July 2014 session of Camp NaNoWriMo (Nation Novel Writing Month) finished yesterday and I’m pleased to be able to say that I was a winner as I reached my goal of 50,000 words. I am so pleased that I managed to do this and I still can’t quite believe I wrote so many words in such a short time frame! The book isn’t finished yet though so I will be continuing to do lots of writing in the next couple of months to get it finished.
Well done to anyone else who managed to reach their targets this month!
The next session will be NaNoWriMo (the original) in November 2014.
The July Camp NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is just around the corner, so I thought I’d share a few little bits of advice from having done NaNoWriMo twice before.
1. Pick a project you love. You’re going to be working on the same book for a whole month so you need to pick a story which you have fallen in love with and desperately want to write or you could lose interest or give up.
2. Pick a realistic target. One of the plusses of Camp NaNoWriMo is that you can pick your word count goal, whereas the original November NaNoWriMo is fixed at 50,000 words. So if you’ve got a lot of work on or you have exams coming up and there isn’t really any way you could reach 50,000 in that month just set yourself a lower target! Don’t try to aim high, aim for what you can realistically achieve in that month. 10,000 or 20,000 might be a realistic and amazing achievement for some. I was over the moon when I managed to write 18,000 words for my first NaNoWriMo in 2011!
3. Plan. I know not everyone likes planning, but in the case of NaNoWriMo I would say at least some planning is essential for success. If you’re writing a book over a few months or even years you have the luxury of being able to dip in and out and plan as you go along if you wish. With NaNoWriMo if you don’t plan and get stuck you could lose a day or two writing time while you’re trying to figure out what will happen next, whereas if you plan all you have to do is actually do the writing part! Obviously you might still get stuck even if you plan, but I’ve found it’s the best way to approach NaNoWriMo.
4. Don’t fall behind. It’s easy to think ‘oh it won’t matter too much if I miss out today since I’m quite busy or I feel a little tired’, but missing out writing for just one or two days can make you massively behind, and then you’re left with a mountain to climb in the remaining days. Try to at least write something every day, even if it’s only a couple of hundred words because then at least it’s not nothing and it won’t be so hard later on.
5. Try and get ahead! If you have a day where you have lots of spare time don’t limit yourself to your daily word count goal. This may sound obvious, but when you get to it it’s very easy to think ‘I’ve reached my word count goal for today so I’ll do something else’ but if you have the time that day then writing extra can be very beneficial. Then later on if you have some days where you don’t have much time you won’t need to write as many words that day because you’ll have written extra on previous days.
Here’s the link to the website if you’re interested: https://campnanowrimo.org/sign_in
Good luck to everyone taking part!