In November of 2012, I put together a series of writing advice posts as I worked on a novel. In my sidebar, you’ll often see a banner for Nanowrimo, aka National Novel Writing Month. The idea in a nutshell: We all say we’ll write a book ‘someday’. Well, someday has arrived. Sit down and write 50,000 words toward your novel. Turn off your inner editor and give yourself free reign to get the story out of your head and onto the page.
Though the event proper occurs in November, the group that runs it also hosts several other events in the meantime. One is Camp Nanowrimo, held in April and July. This less-intense version also encourages writers to choose their own projects and goals. To that end, I’m reposting my old advice series here. Every Thursday, you’ll get a post about how to focus so you, too, can get that story out of your head and down on paper. When April arrives, I hope you’ll join me in working on the project that you’ve been putting of
Writing like this is incredibly freeing. I have participated in Nano for over to ten years, starting in 2003. I took a couple of years off due to illness or other big life events, but I always get excited to write whenever one of the events rolls around. I use the time to hammer out the basic story that’s in my head, then edit it after the frenzy has died down. Through organization of my ideas ahead of time, and the use of a few truly excellent PC apps (which I’ll talk about soon), I have on more than one occasion managed to blow all my own expectations out of the water. Over the next few weeks, I’d like to share some of my success tips here. Most of them are things you’ve probably heard a million times, but that’s because they really do work–if you let yourself go.
So…pens up! Hands at home row! Voice recorder at the ready! We’re going to write!