Today is the first of October. Thirty-on days from now and the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenge will begin. As an adult the goal is to write 50,000 words in thirty days.

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They also have a Young Writer’s Program, where youth can set different writing goals depending on the participant’s age.

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It is not too late to start preparing for NaNoWriMo before the November 1st go live date. One way to prepare:

  • Week 1 & 2 = Plan out your characters, including backstory, personality, skills, motivations and flaws
  • Week 3 = World build your setting, which includes culture, locations, history of the world in which your story takes place, etc.
  • Week 4 = Outline your plot and the events that happen whether you follow the standard 3-ACT structure or something else

My first year or two of NaNoWriMo I did discovery writing and struggled to complete the challenge. Once I started preparing ahead of time with an outline, I won the challenge almost every year for the last ten years. That is my story, but I realize some people will never be outliners and some will never be discovery writers.

Find what works for you and sign up for NaNoWriMo before November 1st. Don’t let the next four week pass you by before you start preparing. Whether you participate in NaNoWriMo or not, keep on writing.

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