NaNoWriMo 101: The Beginner’s Guide to Successful Writing

NaNoWriMo is literally just a couple days away!!

The writing community has been up in a buzz for the past week over preparing for NaNoWriMo, but a lot of newbie writers or people who aren’t really on social media that much is like ” what is NaNoWriMo???”

Well, you’ve come to the right place.

NaNoWriMo 2017

NaNoWriMo is an acronym for “National Novel Writing Month” that takes place in November (but some do it other times of year). The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 (50K) words and write an entire novel within the span of one month, November.

NaNoWriMo stands for “National Novel Writing Month” that takes place in November; the goal is to write 50,000 (50k) words within the month (write a complete novel).

NaNoWriMo is a great 30-day challenge that can help finish up 2018 for all those writers out there, so if you want some tips and advice on accomplishing this goal then keep reading!

Strides to a Successful NaNoWriMo:

Stride #1: Create the 5 C’s 👥🌎

The five C step is always the first step when approaching a novel. In this step, the goal is to create the following:

~Concept: what is the overall idea of your novel?

~Character: who is the main character of your novel? (can add secondary characters too)

~Conflict: what is the main problem of the story?

~Climax: when does the story reach its highest point?

~Conclusion: how does the story end?

These basic C creations: concept, character, conflict, climax, and conclusion, are the bone structure and basic foundation of your story. There are always more details to be added, but at least make sure to be able to answer these five questions.

5 C’s: concept, character, conflict, climax, and conclusion.

Stride #2: Research 📗 🗃

After roughly or in great details answering the five C’s, then move on to your research. Anything that you need to look up for your C’s, from a time period, setting, supernatural elements, science/technology, history, psychology, sex positions, government, or whatever; make sure you do your research! Even having just a 30-minute research session can change the number of details you have in your novel, it makes a difference and impact!

Also, research basic “how-to-write” techniques and brush up on some English grammar or English writing. I find this helpful because it brushes me up on things like my genre, character creation techniques, effective detailing in a setting, and just can help you know HOW to write a novel more effectively. It’s so easy to just look up research about the concept of your book and not about how to write a book itself. There’s a lot of resources like “Writer’s Digest” that help in giving writers the tools to write a book.

Stride #3: Find Inspo 📰💻

Finding inspiration for your novel can really help give you both motivation and ideas for your novel. Having vision-board on Pinterest or Instagram of things that relate to any part of the C’s in your book can really help. Visual elements really add life and a clearer picture of your novel, so make sure to get some!

These inspirations can be books, characters, celebrities, conceptual pictures, locations, music, drawings, anime, ANYTHING!!! The idea is to create a folder of things that take you into your novel and really help you visualize your novel.

Doing research and creating a vision board of elements & feelings of your novel can really create a clearer picture of your novel and can add details in your novel!

Stride #4: Outline 📝

It’s up to you how you want to do it, but no novel can be well-written or steady without some form of an outline. Outlines help provide a roadmap to your story and keep you on track. This stride is especially important for being able to track your progress throughout the month because writing 50k in one month is no small task. Having the organization of an outline can be critical to the success of a novel, as well as just being as productive in your writing time as possible.

Outlining is important because it creates a basic foundation of your novel, a path to follow, and can help you be productive and not waste time writing!

Stride #5: Prep Your Space 🕰📵

This step has nothing to do with your book. It has to do with your space. By space, I’m talking about both environmental space and time-space.

Schedule a time each day in which you plan on writing your book, or at the very least set aside a couple blocks of time, you will allow the opportunity to write. Writing 50k is no easy task, that’s about 2k words per day! Setting aside time to write ahead of time is a great way to get into the habit of writing.

Look at your environment and get rid of anything that you think will distract you during this time. The biggest and #1 thing people tend to get rid of during this time is social media; doing a 30-day detox off social media to write is a great way to get focused. Some people like having social media because they want to post and track their progress (what I plan on doing this year), but you have to be honest with yourself in whether or not you feel social media will be a tool or a distraction for you.

Ask yourself where you plan on writing. Cafés, libraries, parks, home, or even on your phone at work; find a place or two you are going to write.

Extra Tip: use apps like Forest 🌳 to help you stay off your phone. You can set a timer and it will grow a tree if u stay on the app, but if you leave the app then the tree dies. Great tool for staying off the phone.

Schedule a time 🕰 to write and free your environment of distractions📵, it’ll help you stay focused on your writing.

Alrighty, that’s it! Those are my Strides for Success and I hope that you guys feel better prepared on embarking this journey of 50k words in a month! This will be my second year trying out for NaNoWriMo, but I’ve been observing the challenge for a couple years now.

NaNoWriMo is a great wave to ride on, even if you don’t make 50k. It gives you motivation and a reason to write…and that’s the most important thing! No matter how big or how small you get your word count to be, just know that you’re THAT much closer towards writing your book which is the most important thing of all.❤️

Do you guys have any tips? Anyone doing NaNoWriMo? Comment below and share your thoughts!

(P.S: I’ll be on IG (m.v.jenkins) if you want to see my journey!)

xoxo, M.V.J🐚

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