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NaNo Prep 2018 Begins

So if you don't know about NaNoWriMo and you want to be a writer you have to check it out.  It is an annual, community writing event where writers of all levels come together to challenge themselves to achieve a predetermined word count between 1 - 30 November.  Every year this begins in September with NaNo Prep, the organisers of NaNoWriMo provide us with a lot of writing resources and challenges on the run up to November so that when we hit Day 1 of the challenge we should have a plot ready to go and can focus on writing every day to hit our word count.

Make sure you check it out here:
One thing I must say; don't be disheartened if you don't hit your word count.  NaNo is a difficult challenge, especially if you haven't attempted it before - I myself have failed to hit my word count on a few attempts.  Regardless of your word count you should end the month with something that you can work with, whether that is four chapters or fourteen chapters of your novel.

My plans for Nano Prep;
  • Read a lot - during Nano Prep I am going to be reading as much as I can, learn from the styles I like and learn what I don't like about other writers work.  This is going to be a mix of published novels and peer review critiques at Critique Circle.
  • Book reviews - I am going to be challenging myself to a weekly book review, I'm not sure what day I am going to be posting these yet but I'll figure it out.  Doing this helps me to be analytical and critical of my own writing and plot lines.
  • Community write-in - a big part of Nano is the community aspect, there are a lot of regional write-in sessions where individuals who are taking part in Nano can get together and share their thoughts and ideas.  Don't worry, if you can't make a write-in there are virtual ones scheduled in the Nano calendar.
  • Creative challenges - I am going to work on a weekly challenge of both word count and writing style.  I have always written in the Young Adult/Fantasy Adventure genre and that is where I want to be but it is healthy to challenge this from time to time.
  • Plot and character creation - the most crucial part of Nano Prep is the plot creation.  There is nothing worse than hitting Day 1 of November and still not know where you want your plot to go.  Trust me, I've been there.
I'd love to know what you're going to be doing for Nano Prep, let me know in the comments below and hit me up with any books you'd like me to review or any challenges that you'd like me to do.


  1. Hi, I know about Nanowrimo, I did it one year but I was two busy to take part last year. I do a similar thing privately but in poetry. Last year I did "My Midsummer Madness", sending a postcard with a short poem on it. This year I did "My April Antics" again sending a postcard out with a short poem on.The lovely thing about this is, I get lots of emails, letters, postcards back in return. The cost is approx £20. for the cards and postage, I think it is worth it for the keeping in touch and enjoying the results.


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