It was my sophomore year at York College of Pennsylvania when I first heard about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I was new to the professional writing major and creative writing minor at the time and it seemed as though all of my peers were participating in the national writing holiday.
Every October the thought completely slips my mind until today, the last day of the month. The horror of Halloween has nothing on the flood of anxiety that I encounter knowing that I haven’t prepared for NaNoWriMo. And with that, I excuse myself from participating every year.
While the same instance has happened yet again this year I am not giving up; instead, I am gearing up for NaNoWriMo, which begins tomorrow, and no, I don’t have anything remotely prepared at this point. NaNoWriMo.org provides suggestions on how to achieve the goal of 50,000 words in a one month time frame, of which I haven’t even begun some of the basics like character sketches, a plot outline, or even daily word count goals.
With that being said, I’d like to open it up to those bloggers who have experience with NaNoWriMo and comment below with your suggestions, tips from a professional, or better yet – words of encouragement!
Thank you and happy writing!
©Megan Matos, November 2016
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