Preparing for NaNoWriMo! #Preptober

We’re already into the second week of October! For anyone in the writing community, you may know this means you only have about three weeks until NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Writers brave enough are going to somehow manage to write 50k words in a single month! I’ve never done NaNoWriMo myself because the timing is always terrible, and this year because of final semester craziness I won’t be able to participate again, but I will be taking part in #Preptober. October is the month that is dedicated to preparing to write an entire novel in a month. Tamera Woods, also known as PenPaperPad, is hosting a huge collab of YouTubers where we’ll all be posting videos about what you should be doing to prepare for NaNoWriMo. Some videos have already been posted, so here is the playlist which will have all the videos added to them as they come along:

Along with the 2016 #Preptober playlist:

I’ll be creating a video for #Preptober which will be going out October 23rd, but until then I wanted to cover some basic tips on preparing for NaNoWriMo! You can also catch me on Instagram talking about #Preptober in the last week of October talking about last minute tips before NaNoWriMo goes full swing! And in November I’ll be your writing coach, posting every day on Instagram giving writing tips!

To have the best chance of winning NaNoWriMo here’s what you’re going to want to figure out in the month of October, that way when November comes along, you don’t have to think about the story, you just have to writ it!

  • Choose a Story– Odds are, you’ll have a lot of stories floating around in your head. Find the story that calls to you the most and commit to it. NaNoWriMo is no place for abandoning novels because you get a better idea.
  • Braindump– Any ideas you have for your novel, good or bad, write them down!
  • Narrow Down– those ideas you just jumped? Time to figure out just how good they are. Start playing around with the idea
  • Characterize– Figure out what characters will be in your book. Choose their names, features, odd habits. Spoiler alert: this is the topic I’ll be covering in my #Preptober video later this month!
  • Outline– Now that you have your characters, it’s time to find your story. Let your characters lead the way and allow the story to form.
  • Notebook– Buy a notebook that is small enough to carry with you everywhere. You’ll thank me for this later.
  • Clear Your Schedule– I hope you had no plans for November because you’ll be doing a lot of writing and very little socializing, but it will be worth it, or just imagine the bragging right!

Alright, get to prepping! Who’s participating in NaNoWriMo this year?

 

 

What am I Writing? || NaNoWriMo 2016

Have you been wondering what I’ve been up to while you’ve all been writing away for NaNoWriMo? While I’m not writing a 50,000 word novel in a month, I am writing a novel. A novel that I’ve talked about only a little bit here on YouTube. So far the writing is going great, so today I’ll share the first few pages with you. Enjoy!

Super NaNoWriMo Girl!

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Have no fear, super girl is here! NaNoWriMo is almost here so I thought, what better time to dress up and give you all rapid fire tips? Load up on candy and get that super high going! You’ll need it for the next month of writing!

Outlines & Storyboards: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlHz8Qizj-I

Organizing Writing Thoughts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0SaaEzTjZU

Forming a Story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6Ie86BGZzg

Outline Misconceptions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iC6UYkRd5hg

NaNoWriMo Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZpcZ9u8pb_r5Qzy23QNRkZREdr0hTSoW

Kick Back and Relax During NaNoWriMo?

I cross my heart I am not going to abandon you all this NaNoWriMo season! I LOVE NaNoWriMo! I mean, it’s national novel writing month! What’s not to love about that? But since I have some intense rewrites to do, I won’t be able to post a crazy amounts of videos for you guys. On the bright side, I have TONS of videos I’ve made for all of you in the past years about NaNoWriMo, and just writing in general!

Here’s a link to my NaNoWriMo playlist: http://bit.ly/2eCyKqC

My Ya Ink playlist: http://bit.ly/2estgyu

Remember, YA Ink is a series of videos on everything you need to know about writing! Don’t see a video that answers a question you may have on writing? Let me know! I’ll make the video!

Life After NaNoWriMo

My NaNoWriMo profile: http://nanowrimo.org/participants/mandilynnwrites

Last Day of NaNoWriMo!!!

My NaNoWriMo profile: http://nanowrimo.org/participants/mandilynnwrites

Real Life in Fiction || NaNoWriMo

My NaNoWriMo profile: http://nanowrimo.org/participants/mandilynnwrites

Who Needs Sleep? || NaNoWriMo

My NaNoWriMo profile: http://nanowrimo.org/participants/mandilynnwrites

Writing More & More! ||NaNoWriMo

My NaNoWriMo profile: http://nanowrimo.org/participants/mandilynnwrites

Mid-Book Syndrome Writer’s Block|| NaNoWriMo

My NaNoWriMo profile: http://nanowrimo.org/participants/mandilynnwrites

Writer’s Block: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8glM06ukuvo