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NaNoWriMo Eve 2018

Published on 10/31/2018
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NaNoWriMo Eve 2018

NaNoWriMo_LogoIt's Halloween in the USA and it's also NaNoWriMo Eve 2018.  The day before thousands of writers both new and experienced have accepted the challenge of writing a novel in 30 days (consisting of 50 thousand words). Yesterday, my post was about my almost last minute decision to join in the event this year. You can read that post here: NaNoWriMo 2018 – Are You Participating? Today, I thought I would write a bit more about NaNoWriMo itself.  Maybe I can answer some questions from some new writers or experienced writers.  There are writers of all types who participate in this challenge that happens every year in November.

Questions:

  1.  What software do I need to use? Answer:  You do not need any special kind of software or program to write for the challenge. You can use what you are most comfortable with using. This can be Word, NotePad, Wordpad, Evernote, OneNote and countless others.  Don't try to learn a new program or new software as you begin the challenge. I did that one year and it was a total disaster on my productivity.
  2. What countries can join in NaNoWriMo? Answer:  Anyone from anywhere in the world can join in. There are, however, a few things that you will need to check the FAQs about, concerning your language and word count. See the NaNoWriMo FAQs.
  3. Can I use something I'm already working on? Answer:  You can't use something that you've already started writing on before NaNoWriMo starts on November 1, 2018.  You can keep working on a project already started but on the "Honor System," you cannot use the word count of something already written.  Keep separate files to separate the already written work versus the newly written work you started on November 1st.
  4. What if I'm not happy with what I have started out with? Answer:  Keep writing and don't stop.  If you want to change your original idea or story, go ahead and make a note to yourself where you started your new project.  You can still use the word count if it was started on November 1st.  The main goal of this yearly event is to get the words (50k) on paper without any editing whatsoever.
  5. What if I don't reach the 50,000 word goal? Answer:  It doesn't matter. The goal of this is to get your writing self into a daily routine or habit of writing. Don't put any stress on yourself to make everything perfect in the next 30 days. That's what editing and proofreading are about - AT THE END!
  6. What happens to my novel or my work after the event? Answer: It is totally your work and your copyright/property. NaNoWriMo "WILL NOT" keep copies of your work, so make sure you save it. Save your work in a couple of places to be safe. When you upload your manuscript to the event site, it is for word count only and nothing else.
  7. How much do I have to write to keep active in the challenge? Answer: This is your project. You can work on it as much or as little as you want to. The recommended word count for the day is 1,667 in order to reach the 50k words by November 30, 2018. Of course you can create a writing schedule of your own, depending on how you work.

I'm sure you probably have more questions than the ones above. You can leave a question in the comments section below or go to the NaNoWriMo 2018 FAQs I am so excited to get started with this again this year.  There are groups within NaNoWriMo that you can join for accountability.  Most every town in the USA has some sort of local events planned throughout the month. You may want to check into that. 

You may ask, "Now what do I do now?"

  1. The first thing is to go to the site and sign up.  https://nanowrimo.org/dashboard
  2. Fill out as much information as you can on the site.
  3. Familiarize yourself with the resources and help from the many members who are joining in too.
  4. I would like to create a small closed group for help and encouragement  during the next 30 days (we have 4 people so far), Contact me below or on Facebook

I would like to say Welcome and I'm happy you've decided to join in with NaNoWriMo 2018. Another quick suggestion is to clean off your desk and take care of any housework or things that might distract you while you're writing. Focus, Focus, Focus on your writing for the next 30 days. Please share this on all of your social sites and with your friends who may be interested in joining us.

 

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