So it's October now which means NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month is a matter of weeks away.
If you don't know what National Novel Writing Month is a simple explanation is that people around the world commit to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November.
Here is the post I did last November which outlines my tips for surviving the month.
In 2012 I did a series of blog posts helping you to prepare for NaNoWriMo. If you haven't read them they cover topics such as like plotting, meal preparation, eliminating distractions and even exercise.
Part 1 - Plan Your Writing
Part 2 - Plan Your Life for NaNoWriMo
Part 3 - Plan the month of Writing - or tips to
Part 4 - Plan to Care for your Body ( A Guest post from physiotherapist & author Terri Green)
I don't think I have a whole lot new to say on the topic.
Here are some reasons I love NaNoWriMo.
1. Writing is a pretty solitary activity - by participating in this event that writers from all over the globe you feel less alone. It gives you a sense of belonging. In fact your city or town probably has write-ins, drinks and other get together's for people participating so you can even meet people in real life. (Imagine!)
2. It's a really good way to bash out a first draft. You'd be surprised how many books on the shelves have been written this way. No one expects a perfect manuscript at the end of the month but an imperfect one gives you something to work with that is far more welcoming than a blank page.
3. If you are already a writer NaNoWriMo shows you just how much time you squander in a normal month. That half hour you usually describe as "not enough time to write" has a new value. It reminds you that if you use your time wisely you can get more writing done.
4. Participating also shows you that lots of your regular reasons for not writing are just excuses - I don't have space (all of a sudden you're writing on the train or at the beach) or time or you're blocked (You just write on through that during NaNoWriMo).
5. It can bolster your spirits. Some years are better than others. Sometimes November hits and you're left asking yourself "What the heck did I achieve this year?" If you complete NaNoWriMo you can say "Hey I wrote a novel this year." Lots of people say they will write a novel one day.
Maybe this November is your one day.