October 20, 2020
National Novel Writing Month, affectionately known as NaNoWriMo, is fast approaching. Are you up for the challenge? For the entire month of November, all types of writers challenge themselves to write 50,000 words in 30 days.
For the past seven years, I have participated; furiously tapping away every day with determination to cross that finish line, and this year will be no different. I have found it a great exercise in routine and commitment, but also an opportunity to have fun as I write about my characters and their escapades!
Apart from my husband, my biggest source of encouragement is MCPL’s Story Center. Their team is incredible, and I’ve already signed up for their virtual support of my NaNo prep! I can’t wait to see their kick-off video on November 1!
Here are a few of my favorite books that I use to plan my challenge days:
- No Plot? No Problem! A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days by Chris Baty
- Book in a Month: The Foolproof System for Writing a Novel in 30 Days by Victoria Schmidt
- Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel (Before You Waste Three Years Writing 327 Pages That Go Nowhere by Lisa Cron
- How to Write a Novel: 47 Rules for Writing a Stupendously Awesome Novel That You Will Love Forever by Nathan Bransford
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