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NaNoWriMo Survival Kit

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So, it’s November the twelfth, which makes us just under halfway through NaNoWriMo.

How are you getting on?

I’ve been pretty lousy so far — I’ve not even been tracking on the site — bit I’ve just not been in the mood, so I’ve been catching up on a lot of reading instead.

Still, this week I thought I would share with you my NaNoWriMo survival kit: all the things that I personally find really helpful when I’m stuggling to write. Maybe some of these things will be useful to you? Maybe these are just weird things I use? Either way, hopefully, it’ll be interesting.

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NaNoWriMo planning, plotting and productivity

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There are three pretty standard categories for describing our plotting and writing styles during NaNoWriMo: Planner, Pantster and Plantser. Personally, I think I need a fourth: I definitely work best with a plan in front of me, but I’m terrible for procrastinating. Actually coming up with said plan can be a challenge.

There’s still plenty of time to come up with a solid framework before November 1st hits though, so I thought I’d share some of my strategies for preparing for NaNoWriMo when you’re a little pressed for time.

I hope some of these might be helpful to you too. And, if you are participating in this year’s NaNoWriMo, please let me know what you’re planning to write, I’d love to follow your progress.

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Camp NaNo April 2018

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Today is March 31 which means one thing: Camp NaNoWriMo is coming.

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I’m super excited to get started on a brand new project in a brand new genre — this month I’ll be writing my own space-fantasy. As I’ve been getting my ducks lined-up, I thought I’d share with you some of the websites I’ve found to be really useful for NaNoWriMo and beyond.

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NaNoWriMo 2017

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It’s almost here! NaNoWriMo is on the horizon.

My NaNo project this year is a viking-inspired Cinderella retelling so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite retellings below. You should definitely check them out.
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Camp NaNo Wrap Up

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I DID IT!

I manged to reach my own target, which was to finish the basic editing on my current WIP. I’ve still got a little bit more to do — another round of searching out filter words, typos etc. but the draft is very nearly done.

My word count’s currently hanging at 68,100. Pretty low for the type of story I think, but it leaves space to add more depth after I send out to my CPs and beta readers.

I didn’t manage to get any planning for my next project, but that was only a bonus, unofficial goal anyway.

My cabin was pretty quiet, but not completely dead. It seemed like the four or five of us that used the chatroom were all in the same place, running to keep up. I didn’t want to volunteer for a really active cabin because I think word wars etc, might stress me out, but I think I’ll aim for a little more discussion next time around.

How did you get on with NaNo this month? Did you hit your goal, if not, how did you do?