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National Novel Writing Month 2013

Everyone, the National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is upon us again. If you haven’t participated in it yet, do it. It’s great. Even if you are a slow writer, working one month at a different pace will help you improve your skills.

So, what is NaNoWriMo, exactly? It’s an annual writing event in which authors around the world try to complete a 50,000+ word novel in 30 days. The competition takes place in the month of November. Today is September 30th, so you have a month to get ready.

If you think it’s hard, remember that 50,000 words in 30 days means an average of 1,666 words per day. That’s not too much, is it? If you want to look at some ways that could help you finish the competition, look for my post from last year: How to complete your NaNoWriMo 30-Day Novel.

You should use the month of October as a period of preparation. Don’t cheat, meaning don’t write any text already, but get prepared. Here are some of the things that you can do:

  • Decide what you want to write: Is it literary fiction or genre fiction? If genre, what genre?
  • If you are a plot-driven writer, start jotting down some plot ideas. Take about a week. Then, start adding characters and flash them out.
  • If you are a character-driven writer, create some good characters, and then start making a plot around them.
  • Get some idea about how your novel starts and how your novel ends. Fill-in the gaps, but don’t go into too much detail.

The main point here is to get some sort of idea about: genre, plot, characters, setting, major incidents, so when November 1st comes along, you can start writing freely.

If you participate, and I hope you do, add me to your “writing buddies”:


Good Luck!!

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Iulian Ionescu