Prepping for NaNoWriMo

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Hey everybody! Welcome to my NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) prep for 2019! I figured I should write down all of what I’ve done so far for this year.

First of all, if you’ve never tried it, Scrivener has a 30 day free trial for Nanowrimo. And if you win Nanowrimo, they give a 50% discount off of their program. I LOVE this program for Nanowrimo! I’ve done Microsoft Word, I have done writing on paper, I have done Google Docs, and now I’m using Scrivener and it is WONDERFUL! It has everything I need - and even some features I didn’t know I needed but seriously appreciate. Be sure to use the Nanowrimo trial, not the free trial on their website though. The one on their website is only 7 days, the one they offer for Nano is 30 days. The 30 day trial also comes with a Nanowrimo template, all set up and ready to go. They give you a tutorial walk through as well so you can get used to it. I seriously just love it so much for my style of writing.

Usually when I’m prepping for Nanowrimo I use the Save the Cat Beat Sheet to outline. It takes you step by step through a classic story ark and lets you outline in the way that works for the classics. I find it super helpful! But this year I took Nanowrimo’s quiz to see what outlining works best for me, and when I took the quiz and got a way I’d never heard of before I was super surprised - even with StCBS on the list! I tried the new outlining method (9 Step Plot Dot) and it worked SO MUCH BETTER for me. (If you take the quiz, but don’t have a Nanowrimo account, let me know! I can absolutely send you the info graphic for how your process should work. But, as always, there’s really no ‘right’ way to do anything. As we’ve seen in my Spotlight Sunday interviews!) I would totally share with you what my outline looks like, but I don’t want to spoil the ending for my beta readers! If you’re interested in seeing my outline and how it worked for me, let me know and I am more than happy to show you.

For this year’s Nano I also decided to make a Pinterest board. I would give you the direct link but to be honest I can’t get that link to work right. So here is this one which will take you to all of my writing pins. Select the Alicea in Wonder board to see this year’s board, or peruse my other boards and see if there’s anything that catches your eye.

I’m also a huge music nerd. So I have a playlist for pretty much everything. If you follow this link it will take you to this year’s playlist - but every song on their is a recommendation for Twitter. I put maybe 2 songs on there myself. And I haven’t finished listening to them all yet. None of them SHOULD be explicit (I asked not to have any like that so we’ll see if everyone listened.) I can’t write in silence, so I have to have the playlist to listen to.

I haven’t posted it yet, but I will also be sharing my writing progress on Wattpad this year. When I publish it (starting probably the first week of November) I’ll share a link with everyone so you can follow my progress - if you’re interested of course. I love prepping for Nanowrimo. November is my absolute favorite month. Perfect weather for warm blankets, fuzzy socks, and mugs of hot chocolate, as well as my favorite holiday (Thanksgiving - in case you aren’t familiar with the American holiday of food, family, and gratitude.) and an entire month where I can dedicate my time to writing a story in a faraway land.

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The final thing I’ve done to prepare for Nanowrimo is Inktober. Now, most people use Inktober to celebrate visual art - and I absolutely do not want to take away from anyone who is talented enough to do that! But unfortunately drawing and digital design is not one of my passions or abilities. While I do photography, I don’t usually have enough creativity for non-animate photography, or models ready to participate in a month of pictures. So I use Inktober prompts to write scenes for my writing. So I’ve been doing that for this year, and good news! I’m planning on posting 7 days worth of prompts each week. (Starting today! Stay tuned for my next post which will have the first 7 days’ scenes.)

I know I totally bombarded you with links and information in this post, but I sincerely hope it helps someone out! If you decide to join Nanowrimo this year, look me up and add me! I go by Mandy_Rose and I have been participating for so many years it’s hard to keep track. It’s a free program, and it’s a challenge against yourself to reach 50,000 words. It sounds unattainable and crazy, I know, but it is totally doable and such a great experience.