National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is upon us! A time of excitement, regret, and hair-pulling all on the first day. I have my outline, a schedule I’ll ignore, and a carton of iced coffee in the fridge. Here's what you need to succeed on Day 1 of NaNoWriMo.
Step 1: Prepare. Get out your fancy outlines to refresh your brain. Get your snack, your coffee, and your notepad (I still use those, okay?)—or whatever you need to get the juices flowin’.
Step 2: Get support. Get writing buddies—like me. Tell everyone on the NaNoWriMo group or our very own Curiouser Author Network that you’re commencing the NaNoWriMo-ness. Let them cheer you on. Accept the cheers.
Step 3: Rid yourself of all distractions. Tell your family/friends/neighbors/pets you are writing for X amount of minutes/hours. Close your door. Turn your phone on—gasp!—silent. Log out of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, MySpace—hey, at least you got one checked off the list already, am I right? Clear your mind.
Step 4: Turn on your NaNo playlist. I currently have one, and it’s mostly Irish music, because why not? Many authors choose music that they believe would be the soundtrack to their book’s movie adaptation. You can also choose static or rainwater to drown out noises.
Bonus: Write. An obvious step, but surprisingly one that’s avoided even after committing to NaNo (guilty). Get to 1,667 words, and then blow your mind and push it to 2,000. Your future self will thank you.
How do you prepare for NaNoWriMo? And did you like the novel outlines?
An expert editor, seasoned writer, and author-centric marketer, Shayla Raquel works one-on-one with authors and business owners every day. A lifelong lover of books, she has edited over 300 books and has launched several Amazon bestsellers for her clients. Her award-winning blog teaches new and established authors how to write, publish, and market their books. She is the author of the Pre-Publishing Checklist, The Rotting (in Shivers in the Night), and her novel-in-progress, The Suicide Tree. She lives in Oklahoma with her two dogs, Chanel and Wednesday.