NaNoWriMo 2021 Prep
NaNoWriMo 2021, or National Novel Writing Month is coming soon! In November, NaNoWriMo begins, challenging writers to write the first 50,000 words of their next novel. Today I wanted to offer some early NaNoWriMo 2021 prep advice.
If you’re a writer and want to use NaNoWriMo effectively, then you need to prepare in advance so you can kick of writing on the 1st November 2021 and not just plan for the first few days.
Here’s how you need to prep:
What is your NaNoWriMo 2021 idea?
The first step is to figure out what your story idea is for 2021? Are you writing a young adult novel or starting a crime novel? Do you know what era your novel is set in? Is it historical, futuristic, or a fantasy novel that includes world-building? How many characters do you have? Will there be more than one perspective or just one narrator throughout? Figure out the basics and you’ll be set to go on the 1st November.
Brainstorm or plan the plot
Whether you’re a plotter or a pantster, meaning you either plan meticulously or you like to write without a clear plot in mind, you should still have a basic plot in mind to kick off your writing. Be it a rough guide for your beginning, middle, and end, or simply what you want the outcome to be. It can change – stories are flexible in that way – but having some basic milestones to hit in your story will motivate you to get there.
Determine your daily or weekly word count
The NaNoWriMo target is to hit 50,000 words in 30 days, which means writing approximately 1,667 words a day OR 11,699 words a week. If you’re like me and you only write at weekends then that means writing 5834 words on Saturday and Sunday. But if you’re able to write every day then you possibly need to set aside time to hit your goal – be it by writing on the train to work, sitting down to write every evening after the kids are in bed, or getting up an hour earlier to get some time in for writing.
Have some inspiration
I create vision boards, character lists, and sometimes Marketing plans – working in publishing motivates me to write in certain storylines or characters for PR or Marketing reasons – but each to their own. Some people I know create character lists where they include basic characteristics of their character i.e. brown hair, blue eyes, sarcastic, loves the colour blue etc. Other writers, I know love to have post-its of a plotline on their office wall, and others create Spotify playlists that remind them of certain scenes. Whatever you find helps to motivate or inspire you, think about it now and keep it nearby when NaNoWriMo 2021 begins.
Those are my basic tips for NaNoWriMo 2021 prep tips. What is your advice for National Novel Writing Month and writers looking to complete the 50,000-word challenge? Let me know in the comments below.