Do you dream of winning NaNoWriMo?
November is just around the corner, and with it comes National Novel Writing Month: that time of the year when many people decide to write a novel, and many of them succeed.
If you’ve won NaNoWriMo in the past and are happy with your process, then this post probably isn’t for you. I want to take this time to talk to the people who haven’t won yet—the ones who have tried year after year and failed, or the ones who are just starting out and have no idea what they’re doing. Does that sound like you? Keep reading.
First things first: I called this the cheater’s guide to winning NaNoWriMo, but planning is far from cheating—in fact, it’s encouraged! It’s a good idea to have an idea of who your characters are, what they want, where their story is going, and how they get there—all before you start your official word count on November 1st.
I’ll walk you through five steps to success below, but first, a disclaimer—the process I’m suggesting here is based pretty closely off a basic three-act outline. It’s a great way to get started and get the words on the page, but be prepared to rewrite and restructure your novel into a less-forced structure later on when you’ve recovered from your post-November writing crash.
Ready to get started? Let’s go! Continue reading