Peeps, I may have, quite possibly, lost my mind. I signed up for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). For those unaware, NaNoWriMo is an online event in which hundreds of thousands of writers come together, each November, and attempt to “win” by writing a novel of at least 50,000 words in 30 days. That’s a lot of words. I’m trying not to freak out.
Personally, I’m using NaNoWriMo as an experiment. I haven’t written creatively since middle or high school which was… a long time ago. I hope to find out if I have it in me to be a writer – the ability, and if it’s something I really enjoy. I’m very goal oriented and work well with deadlines so I think it’s the perfect opportunity to see what I got! Also, from what I can tell, the supportive community of NaNoWriMo can’t be beat.
I’m declaring this to you all, in hope that it will motivate me to meet my daily word count and reach 50,000 words to WIN in November. I figure if I tell everyone I know I’m doing this, it will light a fire under my… petunia (yes, that is a Fever series reference) and keep me going. Once November 1st hits, I’ll have a handy dandy word counter widget in my sidebar so you can all see my progress. If I’m slacking, you can send encouraging words to me on Twitter (@bookandlatte)!
Since I can’t call myself a writer yet (I use the term “maybe writer”), I’ve been attempting to basically do a crash course in writing to prepare for NaNoWriMo. I’m not qualified to give anyone advice, but I thought it may be helpful to other new writers, or other NaNoWriMo first-timers, to share my resources. Below are some links to websites/blog posts and books I’ve found helpful.
Writing or NaNoWriMo Related Websites/Posts
Books in My Arsenal
There’s no way I’ll be able to read all of these before November, but thankfully No Plot? No Problem and @WRIMO are meant to be read during NaNoWriMo! I think the others will be good reference.
No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days by Chris Baty
Writing Fiction For Dummies by Randy Ingermanson & Peter Economy
The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master by Martha Alderson
@WriMo: A 30-Day Survival Guide for Writers by Kevin S. Kaiser
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft (Audiobook) by Stephen King
Novels Written During NaNoWriMo
This list is so inspiring, I had to share…
Crewel by Gennifer Albin
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Innocent Darkness by Suzanne Lazear
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Spookygirl by Jill Baguchinsky
What NaNoWriMo means for ABaaL in November
In order to be able to focus on writing for NaNoWriMo, I’ve been busy planning a soon-to-be-announced feature for November, and scheduling posts in advance. Even though I’ll be in NaNoWriMo world, A Book and a Latte will be packed full of posts and awesomeness! There probably won’t be any book review posts (or very few), but there will be plenty of other book and writing goodness.
Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year? Have you done it before? Do you have any advice for me? Tell me all about it in the comments!