My last year NaNoWriMo experience
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:
- Have a rough outline of what you want to write about
- Accept that your first draft won’t be perfect
- Don’t edit until after NaNo
- 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)
- Take your story seriously (commit yourself)
- 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 🙂