Getting ready for the madness

The madness that is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is about to begin — or already has, in some parts of the world. On Nov. 1, millions of writers around the world embark on a quest to write 50,000 words in 30 days.

Fool that I am, I’m one of them. This will be my third NaNo — and I’m aiming for it to be the second that I complete. In 2009, I signed up with the goal of writing about 40,000 words to finish a novel I’d been working on … but only ended up writing about 25K.

In 2010, I started with a completely new story and finished early, writing 53,000 words in 28 days. That’s what I’m aiming to do again this time around. If I don’t get ahead, it breaks down to 1,667 words every day for 30 days.

That’s a lot of writing! It means I might be spending less time blogging — but it won’t be the first time I’ve  made myself scarce. Just know that this time, it’s not because I’m having a bad week … or month.

Before I go, I’ll leave you with ways to get ready for a writing marathon like the NaNoWriMo.

  1. Do some prewriting: Have characters sketched and plot at least loosely outlined.
  2. Have a fridge stocked with healthy (read low-carb) choices.
  3. Remember: The Crock Pot is your friend.
  4. Plan lots of write-ins with friends. I think I already have three planned for this week. Writing together is so much more fun than writing solo.
  5. Don’t forget to have fun.

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