NaNoWriMo, known as the most fun you can have while keeping your clothes on and also the most painful thing you can do without winding up with a baby or a kidney stone on your hands.
And every year I do this willingly. NaNoWriMo, if you don’t know, is a commitment to finishing a 50,000 word novel in one month.
So I’m here to give what advice I have learned from participating and winning three years in a row.
1) Write words down
When you’re stuck, which you will be, the best thing you can do is just write words. Any old words. They don’t have to make sense. Look I’m doing it now. Sasquatch marries and violet echidna. See? Don’t you want to read more about that? Works every time. My job here is done.
2) Write Drunk, Edit Sober.
I basically spend 90% of November drunk and you should too! It’s fabulous because everything you write is very funny and covered in puke. This also explains why I’m terrible at editing cause, you know, I have to be sober for that.
3) Images are inspiring
Inspirational images can really help you write or set the mood. I like to use gifs because they help me describe emotions. Also they’re just fun to find and funny to stack up together.
4) Become a reclusive shut in
NaNo is the perfect time to become an asocial asshole who refuses to speak to anyone. Mostly because nobody blames you and they all justify it as some kind of writer’s privilege when really, you’re just an asocial asshole who doesn’t want to speak to anyone. Embrace that.
5) Don’t worry too much
NaNo has this way of making you lose all sense of fun and spirit and it can be truly horrible at times. When that happens sometimes it’s just time to let loose and have some fun. Do something hilarious in your novel. Change things up. Have your characters DO something wacky. But most of all, remember that it’s okay to struggle and find things hard. It’s okay to wonder what you’re doing and to lose all hope. As long as you sit your butt down and keep writing.
You can do it guys!