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My last year NaNoWriMo experience

Hey guys!

I’m Sylvs you probably remember me from my book reviewing website Throne of Shook! Today I will be talking about my NaNoWriMo experience last year and some tips and advice I give to other aspiring writers aiming to reach the 50,000 mark.

First things first, I joined NaNo last year to try to start my novel. I had a great idea that year for this epic fantasy novel filled with characters that I got to know like my own secret imaginary friends. Basically it was all about this Princess who becomes a soldier and ends up overtaking the Queen of the neighbouring kingdom. It was a book that I thought could really make it big like Sarah J Maas’ Throne of Glass series. I had characters all written down and a skeleton of a good novel in the making BUT! I had way too many loopholes and I had no idea what was going to happen in the first book (I had plans for a 6 book series and had outlines for books 3-6 but not for the first two)

It was because of this that I wrote 37,061 words in total instead of my goal 50,000.

So… my advice:

  1. Have a rough outline of what you want to write about
  2. Accept that your first draft won’t be perfect
  3. Don’t edit until after NaNo
  4. Set daily goals (e.g., 1666 per day is the usual but t’s recommended to go above just in case one day you are unable to write)
  5. Take your story seriously (commit yourself)
  6. Be experimental

Also try preparing yourself and maybe write a bit in advance to November 1st! Here is a bit more writing advice for you if you need it 🙂


-Sylvs <3


inky Centre for Youth Literature

Thanks for the advice, Sylvs!

30th Oct, 18

All good Inky <3

30th Oct, 18