I mentioned in a previous post that I will be participating in NaNoWriMo this year. You could choose to write a novel in 30 days during any month but since NaNoWriMo is in November, that’s when I’m going to be doing it.
4 Tips For Writing A Novel In 30 Days
1. Set goals. When you write a novel in a month, you can plot your story outline to a calendar, complete with target word counts by date. Aim to write approximately 1666 words a day. If this sounds too daunting then break it down a little. Focus on 10 sets of 167 words a day.
2. Have a plot outline. Plan, plan and plan. You have time before November to write a little plot outline. I don’t think this is considered cheating, right?! Think about where you want your novel to go. Every novel needs a plot outline so the author knows what direction the novel is going in. If you don’t feel comfortable with a plot outline then try creating little goals for everyday about what you plan to write about.
3. Remember that your plot is only a guideline. When you’re writing your novel, you need to remember that the plot you created is only a guideline. It’s okay to go off a little and create something completely different. If your story takes an unexpected detour, go with it. Treating your plot as a flexible guide rather than a life sentence will give you the breathing space that makes it easier to keep up your storytelling momentum.
4. Track your progress. Tracking your progress will keep you motivated, and will also help you to make adjustments to your goals and outline if the end date is approaching and you’ve strayed a little off course. It’s important to track your progress if you’ve set yourself the challenge of writing a book in a month. During NaNoWriMo, create a little diary where you write your word count goal and leave a little space for you to write your actual word count.
Are you trying NaNoWriMo this year? If you are, let me know so we can chat about novel ideas and have fun!