National Novel Writing Month is a writing challenge in which writers aim to write 50 000 words in a month (November). This equates to about 1667 words a day, which for most writers is between one and two hours of writing. If you’re not sure how long 50 000 words is, 100 000 is a pretty standard length for an adult novel, with 70 000 being about standard for a young adult novel.
NaNoWriMo is a great way to get writing. It gets you into a really good routine of writing every day, whether it’s in your work break or just before bed, and it also connects you with thousands of writers worldwide.
We know, it’s only September and NaNoWriMo doesn’t start for over a month, but there’s lots of planning and preparation to do. Being a month away means you only have one month of planning and preparing for what may well be the biggest writing challenge you’ve ever faced.
We think it’s important to plan, even if it’s only smallest bit, because otherwise what are you going to write every day? If your plan is just to do writing exercises daily that’s fine, but do you have a book of prompts to help you get going? Or maybe your plan is to write a book of short stories, do you have a theme you want to stick to or ideas that you already have for each one? Not having these things might mean that when it comes to writing you get stuck so just decide to leave it for another day. And then of course these leftover words build up until you’re left on the 29th with 20 000 words to write.
So are you up for the challenge? Follow our blog for writing advice and weekly preparation sessions, then you can sign up to the challenge on the official page here.