This is the first year I’m participating in NaNoWriMo. Will it be yours too?
Perhaps you’re a lot like I was. I always believed NaNoWriMo was just a month celebrating authors, writing, and attacking a heck of a word count goal. So, because I didn’t believe in focusing on word count goal alone -nor in group events (INFJ problems)- I never had the desire to participate in it.
But I didn’t have all the facts about NaNoWriMo. And, I was focusing on the wrong goal. First off, I really didn’t know what NaNoWriMo is truly all about.
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 about writing a novel.
That last line really makes the point. If you’ve ever wanted to write a novel, this is a great time to focus on that very goal.
NanNoWriMo has hundreds of thousands of writers from all over the world take part in the same challenge. Therefore there’s no need to go it alone or feel intimidated by fellow candidates. The official support group that can be found at nanowrimo.org/forums welcomes open communication from all participants. To have a group of writers just like you attacking the same goal boosts determination and lowers fears.
Making the commitment to write 50,000 words in 30 days also gives you what every writer needs: a healthy amount of time to focus on your craft. While reaching daily word count is a major factor in this annual event, the main idea is to hone in on improving your storytelling technique.
So if you believe it’s a good idea to:
1) Give focused time and attention to improving your writing technique
2) Get support from fellow writers and great advice from seasoned mentors
3) Challenge yourself
Then NaNoWriMo is definitely for you.
But how do you even begin to prepare for such a challenge? You can’t just put your life on hold, hunker down in a food-stocked shelter, and write for thirty days straight. So how do you balance your already busy schedule with writing 50,000 words in 30 days?
You take advantage of the brand new kit I am soon releasing for participants just like you:
#theNaNoWriMokit schedules the task ahead of you into a tight thirty days so that you can accomplish your NaNoWriMo goal in flying colors.
- A suggested daily word count goal
- How to create an outline
- Pages for character crafting
- Tips for creating powerful sentences
- The secret to writing a killer first chapter
- Advice on how to edit your manuscript like a pro
- How to break into Act 2, or your novel’s “middle part”
- Where and when to submit your work to the official NaNoWriMo contest
And much more!
But most importantly, the kit includes a tight, organized month-long schedule that will help you reach your NaNoWriMo goal while keeping your day job and enjoying the nightlife.
Since it will be my first time participating as well, you’ll be able to join me in discussing weekly updates and progress.
I want to offer as much support as I can throughout this month, so on November 15th 7:30 pm EST, all subscribers will also get to enjoy the first free, live, hour-long webinar I’ve ever hosted. It will feature two special lectures. The first lecture is titled, “How to Write a Killer Plot Twist”. The second is titled, “You Got This!” a motivational pep talk encouraging the weary to keep on trucking and reach their goals. Lastly, we’ll discuss where we all are in #theNaNoWriMokit which will then wrap up with a 15 minute open Q & A.
Lastly, to offer even more support to you awesome NaNoWriMo participants out there, I’m putting all of my how-to eBooks, workbooks, and worksheets on sale for the entire month of November!
That’s right: everything in the Barely Hare Books Shop will be on sale during the ENTIRE month of November.
So how do you get to be a part of this great support group happening right here at Barely Hare Books? Simply subscribe to the B.H.B newsletter and you’ll receive updates on #theNaNoWriMokit and its release date, details regarding the live webinar on November 15th, and you’ll immediately receive a free gift to help get the NaNoWriMo inspiration juices flowing right now.
Are you ready to join me for #NaNoWriMo2o16? Subscribe to the Barely Hare Books Newsletter, and then shout it from the rooftops with a tweet to all your friends! I can’t wait to begin this awesome journey with you.