How to Prepare for Camp NaNoWriMo

With the 1st of March having past, and April right around the noveling corner, people will be prepping for April's Camp NaNoWriMo, and soon August's Camp NaNoWriMo and November's NaNoWriMo. So, here, I shall present you with a few steps to prepare yourself for the month of writing.

Step One:

Make yourself a calendar and set a goal. Although NaNoWriMo is all about getting 50,000 words written, some people participating raise the bar for the months. In November I did the intial 50,000 words as my goal, but I also made a callendar for what my total word count will need to be for that day.

To win NaNoWriMo, all you need to do is write 1,667 words every day, but I decided to put in 1,852 words per day to finish earlier and actually finish editing my 1st draft. This method helps in more way than one.

(Optional) Step Two:

Tell your family and friends. You will want to gloat about your noveling, right? Tell everyone you know that you may or may not be able to speak with them not because you're going to be a social recluse, but because you need every minute of everyday to write. Tell everyone this. Even that homeless guy down the street. I wait. . . . . done? Okay.

Step Three:

Figure out what you'll be writing. In order to write a book, you absolutely need to know what you'll be writing about. If you haven't, try brainstorming for an hour. Think of your most favorite writings and then think of what you've been wanting to write about for a really long time. I have 2 ideas for Camp NaNo in April so far, and that's more than what I need to write. Now if only I could choose...

(Optional) Step Four:

Stalk up on coffee and sweets. Just walk to the store and buy both of these items in bulk. Last November I drank, on average, 5 cups of coffee a day. I even have a (very faint) scar on my hand from when I burnt myself making coffee. During NaNoWriMo, if you're an average-speed typer and thinker, then you'll spend more time at your computer writing than doing other stuff, and you'll be spending a lot more if you procrastinate like me.

(Optional) Step Five:

If you're like me and you have no friends who are willing to spend (waste?) one monthof their lives writing a novel, then I'd highly advise you to watch someone's daily NaNoVlogs on YouTube, or read someone's Daily NaNoBlogs on a blogging site such as wordpress or blogger.

(I will be doing daily blogs on my blog here, and katytastic will be vlogging on YouTube sometimes throughout the month).

Step Sex:

Watch this video on YouTube for further advice.

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