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HOW TO WIN NANOWRIMO - A GUIDE
Once more, November is closing in on us. As every year, that means fuzzy sweaters, short days and, for the writers out there, a month of intensive writing. This year, I’m here as a veteran of the word wars and a proud owner of the “Winner 2013” badge to give you some great advice on how to get those 50.000 words jotted down.
But first, for anyone who’s new to the concept of NaNoWriMo, here is the official “About” from NaNoWriMo’s own website:
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.
Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel.
My personal advice
Last year was my first year of doing NaNoWriMo, and I ended up finishing off the 50k by the 15th day (I’m competitive). However, a lot of people find it very hard to reach the word goal. Here are my top 10 tips and tricks to surely reach those 50k:
- Write. This may seem obvious, but it’s actually proved that if you just start writing, then you’ll quickly get inspiration. This is because, in order to write, you need to think, and your thoughts will most likely be on the subject you’re writing about. So writing will actually give you inspiration!
- Don’t get distracted. Did you know that if you’ve been in the writing flow, and then check facebook or tumblr for as little as a minute, it’ll take you an hour to return to complete focus? Try to stay focused, and turn off the wi-fi if it helps.
- Eat healthily. Sugar’s all good for late night sprints, but try to keep your diet healthy and get some good nutritions in. This will help you focus, and will give you energy for doing both work/school and writing.
- Exercise. Going for a run or taking a trip to the gym will exhaust you and thereby give you focus. It’ll also give you time to think about what’s coming up in your novel.
- Be inspired. Make sure that November is a month of constant inspiration. Whenever you’re not home, look at the world in a new light and actively seek to be inspired. Listen to inspiring music, go see art, or watch a good movie. This way, even when you’re not writing, you’re working to motivate yourself. If you do this properly, you won’t be able to wait to get home and jot down all the new ideas you’ve gotten!
- Listen to music. I find it helps me to stay focused to listen to music while I write. It’s inspirational and sets the mood. I tend to use 8tracks a lot, and I’ll make a list of my favorite playlists further down.
- Have a folder of inspirational photos. If you have a folder of photos that relate to your story or characters, that’ll make it easy for you, in times of desperate writer’s block, to return to what fascinated you about the story in the first place.
- Outline. If you don’t have an outline, you’ll quickly get confused about where you are and where you’re going. Make sure to have an outline so that you know this. It’ll really help you, especially since, with 50k words, you’ll move through your story really quickly and it might be confusing.
- Join word wars. You can find word wars in the forums on NaNoWriMo and on Wattpad, as well as hold your own private ones with your friends. More about that further down.
- Be arrogant. It’s amazing how much mentality does. If you’re constantly thinking about how many words you’re supposed to write, then you won’t be able to do this. Instead, think about how many words you need to write today, and be really smug about reminding yourself that of course you can write that, that’s nothing.
A compilation of guides and inspirational stuff [will be updated as I find more]
- Inktype’s guide of basics
- Inktype’s preparation challenge
- My getting pumped post from last year
- My NaNoWriMo tips from last year
- CleverHelps five favorite essays about creation
- The Writing Café’s guide to NaNoWriMo
- Nova Zero’s NaNoPrep guide
A guide to word wars
Word wars, as opposed to world wars (haha!), are completely non-violent. You can find them on Wattpad and probably NaNoWriMo’s website, too. I mostly use Wattpad’s forums, because I don’t like the ones on nanowrimo.org.
Basically, you set a starting time - fx :05. This means that the war will start on the next :05 - the hours are not included because of time zones. Then you pick a number of minutes - fx five - that you’ll be writing. In this case, all participants will try to write as many word as possible between :05 and :10. The one who gets the most words wins the glory and also the pleasure of being a little closer to their daily word goal than any of the others.
The best 8tracks playlists
This is so biased that you shouldn’t take it seriously, at all. But here are some of my all-time favorites. They’re all completely instrumental, since I don’t like lyrics when I’m writing. They distract me from my own words. You can also check out my /tagged/tracklist if you want to see some more of the music I like.
- DOOMED QUEENS - this one is just amazing. Just amazing. Mostly for historical fictions. It contains both badass music and more of the sad variety.
- GENTLE INSTRUMENTALS - as the title suggests, this one is more gentle. It’s really good, and has a nice, calm mood.
- MUSIQUE CINEMATOGRAPHIE - probably the best compilation of musical masterpieces written for cinema, ever.
- SONGS FOR WHEN YOU’RE FEELING OTHERWORLDLY MAGICAL - is perfect if you’re writing a fantasy novel.
- CINEMATIC MASTERPIECES - this is another compilation of cinematic music. These compilations are really good, because they’re long and the music is very mixed in emotion.
- WALK UNTIL YOUR FEET BLEED. AND THEN KEEP WALKING. - this is an epic playlist for the epic moments in your novel when your characters overcome great challenges - or when you need to overcome the challenge of your word goal.
- EPIC SONGS TO WRITE TO - another great compilation, though I think there’s also classical pieces (not cinematic) on this one.
- SHE WHO WOULD BE KING - this one has the epic theme of powerful women overcoming the social boundaries of their time, but can be used for general characters overcoming general boundaries.
- THE QUEEN OF EARTHLY QUEENS - this one is Katherine of Aragon-themed, so it has a lot of soundtracks from historical fiction tv shows and movies. It’s amazing for historical fiction and fantasy.
- PAVING MY WAY TO GLORY - another epic mix for the epic moments in your story.
Finally, check out the user, mareah. You can find a whole bunch (87) playlists there, all of high quality. The user has an entire “Writing” series going on, where they’ve compiled music for writing fx goodbyes, dream sequences, superheroes etc.
Final words: Don’t forget to have fun!