*** 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.
^ 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.
^ 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.