Monday, November 19, 2012

The ONE Thing You Need to Know to Succeed in NaNoWriMo

Hello, writers! Yes, it’s that time of year again. It’s NaNoWriMo time. For many writers who have been writing for years, NaNoWriMo isn’t a challenge at all. They can write 50K in a month no problem because they’ve gotten used to it. Understand it’s because they’ve been under deadlines for years and have learned how to budget their time. Many are also full-time authors and don’t have another job. If, however, you’re like the rest of us juggling several jobs, and, often times, a family as well, this article is for you.


The only thing you need to know about NaNoWriMo in order to make it a successful go around this year is to GET OFF THE INTERNET.


Yes, I know this is hard when we have tons of e-mails coming in, twitter to respond to, and friend requests to answer on Facebook, but the truth is, that can all wait if you want to get your writing done.


In order to get to the 50k that NaNoWriMo wants us to get to by the end of November you need to write like a fiend, write like there’s no tomorrow. If you are distracted easily there are programs out there like Writeor Die that will keep you on your toes. Just word of caution unless you want to lose everything you wrote, don’t use kamikaze mode.


By the end of November you won’t have a fabulous first draft you can submit right away, but you will have a finished, albeit somewhat shitty first draft, but isn’t that the point of this whole month? The point is to rejuvenate you creatively. With that said, turn off your internet, and write, write, write.


And, in the meantime, if you need some inspiration, below are some novels, both YA and bestselling that have been born out of a NaNoWriMo session: 


Sara GruenFlying Changes (HarperCollins, 2005), Water for Elephants (Algonquin, 2007) and Ape House (Spiegel & Grau, 2010). Contact:


Marissa MeyerCinder: Book One in the Lunar Chronicles (Feiwel & Friends, 2012).  Contact:


Stephanie PerkinsAnna and the French Kiss (Dutton Juvenile, 2010). Contact:


Amelia Atwater-RhodesPersistence of Memory (Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2008). Contact:


Jill BaguchinskySpookygirl (Dutton Juvenile, 2012). Contact:


Until next time,


Happy writing!


~ Heather


1 comment:

  1. Yes! You're so right! Sometimes it's so hard for me to do this, but I think we can all agree that hours can go by before you even realize you're wasting time not writing! Nice post Nicole! I needed this reminder.