It’s that time of the year again. After 11 months of being blissfully content that November is ages away, National Novel Writing Month has reared it beautiful head once again!
If you haven’t been exposed to the wonderful torture that is NaNoWriMo, prepare to be excited (and more accurately, scared!) Every November aspiring novelists and word lovers come together to pledge to write 50,000 words of a novel in a month.
Sounds simple enough right? Wrong!
This year will be my second year accepting the challenge (and it really is a challenge) and I’m a lot more prepared than last year because I’ve been swatting up!
NaNoWriMo – although tough – will always be one of the best things I’ve ever done. Not that my novel was brilliant at the end of it, (far from it!) but it proved just how much I could achieve when I set my mind to something and it’s good to remind yourself of that from time to time.
And if you’re thinking of joining me in an epic novel quest. Grab a laptop, notebook and a bucket load of coffee and get reading these books:
I’ve been slowly making my way through this beauty. Thanks to its short chapters and concise snippets of information, it’s a great one to read as you go along, rather than sit down and finish in one sitting. It instantly makes you want to start writing and definitely planning to finish this one before November begins!
There’s countless ways of writing your creative masterpiece. As this book will tell you, there’s rarely an absolute rule that all authors will agree upon, however they will agree on what you shouldn’t do. How Not to Write a Novel is not only incredibly informative but very funny too!
My boyfriend’s brother sent this to my flat as a surprise birthday present and I can’t believe I haven’t read it until now! Written by the founder of NaNoWriMo, he takes you through what you can expect during the creative process as well as reassuring you that it’s okay if you haven’t got a ground breaking idea yet – the aim is to just write! There’s also chapters for you to read for each corresponding week during the challenge to give you a little pep talk and tips!
Another Chris Baty book that’s worth reading! No Plot was more about how to write 50,000 in a month, whereas Ready, Set, Novel is more of a work book to get you to plan your story. There’s everything from plot games, character profiles to fill out and even a procrastination station that you can colour in!
Writer’s block getting you down? Turn to a random page in this journal and you’ll be greeted by a thousand writing prompts to get you thinking creatively again! There’s only short exercises so it’s great to get into the habit of doing at least one a day.
Enjoy your novel writing next month, my epic adventurers! I’d love to hear your hints and tips to get you through the gruelling month of November!