What is NaNo? It’s short for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month,) and it runs throughout November. Each participant commits to producing a draft of a novel of at least 50,000 words between November 1 and November 30.
There are 19 business days in November and 30 calendar days. To help you complete your draft, here are some daily page goals. (Each page count was rounded up to the nearest half page, and a page is 250 words.) If your life won’t allow 50,000 words in a month :-), use a smaller goal.
How to get ready? Here are some items to prepare for your story:
* Develop your main characters now. What are their goals? Why do they want to achieve them? What drives them? What are their biggest fears?
* What is the conflict between the hero and heroine?
* What do your characters look like?
* What is the character’s arc?
* What is the setting?
* What is the plot?
* Use your tools: character archetypes, GMC, etc.
Life is going to go on while you’re writing, but you don’t want it to sabotage your writing goals. Why not take care of some of these items by November 1?
* Plan meals and shop in advance.
* Make ahead and freeze meals or their components.
* Plan time for writing and let family and friends know it’s uninterruptible.
* Complete your Christmas shopping now.
* Finish yard work for the season.
* Get ahead for the holidays by cleaning, painting, buying furniture, dressing windows, etc. before November 1.
Share your ideas about how you’re getting ready for NaNo!