NaNoWriMo: Making October count (REPOST)

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*** The following Repost has been updated.

Fellow participating NaNo writers, how are you making October count?

By now, you should have registered for NaNo 2016. You should have the title of your story and the outline. You should have the protagonist and antagonist in mind. When the first day of NaNo comes, you shouldn’t be fussing up a storm. You should be ready (and excited) to start writing. You should make October count.

You should:

^ Know your character/s inside-out. Draw up a story planning questionnaire. This saves precious time and you won’t have to be scrolling back to previous chapters wondering ‘What color are her eyes again?’ ‘Is he six feet or six feet two?’

^ Work on your plot and character profile/s giving them vivid descriptions and occupations. If your character works for the FBI and you have no idea what they do, don’t make things up. Make research your friends, make Google your cousin and watch TV shows such as Criminal Minds to get a feel for the FBI field.

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^ Jot notes down. No matter how silly some of your thoughts might sound, you’ll be amazed at how some of these silly notes can help you during your first draft.

^ Research your genre so you can get to know your audience better.

^ Find a writing partner. If you have friends who are planning on doing NaNoWriMo, then you’re in good company. Get together, help each other out, have fun writing. 

^ And for those who have their dream cover in mind, there ain’t nothing wrong with starting on it. 

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6 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo: Making October count (REPOST)

  1. I was an honorary member of this NaNoWriMo group in 2014. Though I didn’t join, nor did I start with the intention of finishing the first draft of Just Breathe within that month, I did. I had thought if time allowed I might do it again with the next book. But alas, with another edit to go, I might miss November or part of it. But I wish you and everyone else participating the best of luck in finishing!

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  2. Great tips.

    I’ll be participating in Nano 2016. I’ve wrote 40k words on a current project but I aim to finish it by 31 October so I can start on Nano on another novel. I think I can do it – so far it’s taken me 39 days to write 40k (and some of those days I didn’t write) – I’ve got 40k left to write. I’m excited to finish my current WIP as well as beginning a nano novel.

    Good luck with Nano! 🙂

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    1. Eccentric Muse

      Thank you. That’s quite a feat and I believe that you can do it. I wish you all the best with completing this current project so you can join us for NaNo this year.

      Thank you and all the best on your end. 🙂

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