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Do you have first-hand experience with prepping for November's NaNoWriMo challenge?

Do you have first-hand experience actually taking the NaNoWriMo challenge?

If you answered YES *CheckO* to one or both of those questions, we want to hear from YOU!

*LeafO* In the comments below, or email me tell me your BEST tips, tricks, hacks and advice for getting everything done and winning the challenge *LeafY*

Everyone who drops comments or emails will be eligable to be in a drawing for a merit badge. The MOST helpful, original tips, tricks, hacks etc will also win a mystery *GiftY*

I am a pantser, so prep to me is having a vague idea in my head and seeing what turns out. As it is, the story I wrote last year was recently optioned by a local publisher, so it must work for me.

But there are 7 bits of advice I would give NaNo-ers:

1) Tell people what you are doing, how important it is to you, and explain that November means you may be "off-line" (for want of a better term) at times. This means you can give the excuse to not attend something because "I need to get 2k more words done on my NaNo", and you could even find someone to hold you accountable.

2) Do not compare yourself to others. I am on my local Discord server for NaNo and, as my goal last year was 75k words in the month (at the same time as writing my final year dissertation for university), I was going way ahead. One of the women dropped out because she felt I was making her feel like a failure. DO NOT DO THAT! Write at your own pace, do your own thing. Comparisons are not healthy.

3) Despite what NaNo rules say, there are no "winners" and "losers" in NaNoWriMo. The fact you are writing something, putting pen to paper (or finger to keyboard), means you are ahead of 99.9% of the population who say they are going to write and never do.

4) If you need help - ask! My local Discord server is great for this, asking people for words or phrases in real time (WdC is not real time to me), asking about if story beats work, all sorts of things. Do not work in isolation; do not be afraid to ask for help in anything. Anything! Even mental health or encouragement.

5) Turn off social media. Twitter, FaceBook, Instagram, et al. - they are not healthy. You might get some validation from people online, but there are also way too many ready to scythe you down and make you feel you are wasting your time. You are NOT wasting your time because you are writing, and social media will not help you with the positivity.

6) I found doing organised writing sprints (on Discord, again, they were in real time for me) really helped me keep on track and hit that daily word goal (last year mine was 2750 words a day minimum).

7) Relax! Do not stress!

I hope that helps.

If I come up with anything else, I'll add another post later.

Sorry for waffling.
I've done NaNoWrimo seven times before this year and completed the challenge every year I entered. How? Tell that self-doubt to shut up and leave you alone, because you've got 1,667 words to write every day (or more if you skip a day here and there). It's far from impossible. Just start writing and keep writing. Don't back up and fix things, keep moving forward. Get your story down so you can really write it later. This is first draft territory in the real sense of the term.
*BulletP*If you have an idea of what your story is about and who your characters are, just run with what you've got.
*BulletP*If the plot gets sticky or boring or "too complicated," make a page break and try one of these things:
         *BulletV* bring a character's relative into the story
         *BulletV* change the weather - have a storm and see how that changes the flow
         *BulletV* try writing the ending you want to achieve
         *BulletV* create a crazy bystander character to throw your readers off
         *BulletV* jump forward and start your story at another place
*BulletP*You can also write scenes that occur to you as you go along that seem fun between a few characters. Even if those scenes aren't planned and might not fit into the story when it comes to putting it all together, they'll still count towards your word total and they'll help you understand your characters better, too.
*BulletP*And yes, compete in word sprints! They are a great way to get lots of words written and help your brain get acclimated to moving forward without editing anything out, and they're fun! You'll come up with all kinds of things when you're racing to put words on the "page." You can find 'outside' word sprinting opportunities through NaNo's local groups that you can join. I'm really looking forward to sprinting with my WdC friends! *Bigsmile*

That's what I could spit out in a rush. I hope it makes some sense, or is at least a little bit helpful. The others who've already answered have probably got things covered well before I got here. Good luck!
If you average around 2000 per day you should come in well before the deadline.....

Tell your inner editor to take a hike for a month....

No mattter what, write.

Don't let any part of NaNoWriMo get you down..... have fun with it....

Don't be afraid of a crappy first draft. That's what first drafts are for....

I've added a new entry to my book, "Autumn Grace's Blog :
         "Grace Has Been Set Free
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Love and prayers, hon!
*Pumpkin2* Do you have a public forum for one or more of your activities or contests? *Pumpkin2*

We are now looking for 7 forum hosts/hostesses to volunteer just a tad bit of your time..and space in your forum for a murderously fun activity coming VERY SOON.

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I'm willing to help you if you need it.
I will, if you need me. But I prefer to give up my slot to a forum that needs it more if you get too many volunteers. *Wink*
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I am not happy with my portfolio.*Sob* No matter how I organize it, I just can't get it to look anything but cluttered and disorganized. It's enough to make my tail and whiskers start twitching. Any ideas on how to make it look ...i dunno...amazing??
There's a course on portfolio arrangement for newbies... I took it way back when and mine looked great then. It has since... expanded lol. *Smile* I don't remember the name of the course now? I am not sure it stayed active?. Lilli Munster ☕️ 🧿 might know?
Hey, RumTumTugger is Tina , I have a list that I can put on a static and place it in your port. I understand because I'm having a hard time organizing my port. I like your port.
I guess it's impossible on this site, so your portfolio is amazing how it can be here)) just go on.
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I've now changed my c-note shop into a c-note MALL. I might be a little obsessed with making cards right now. Especially now that I've learned how to animate them! *Mindblown* I will not be admitting or confessing how long I spent today playing with images...let's just say today will not be a productive day, unless I can count playing on Canva as being productive *Think**Sly* I'm not sure if it's normal to want or need nearly a dozen c-note shops, but there ya have it. *Sneaky* Plus, I've never claimed to be normal. So, come on by and have a looksie and all the goodies. Right now, you can get cards as cheap as 50 gift points per card! *Shock2*

image for c-note shop - animated image for c-note shop
A few examples of what you will find. In the Seasonal shop, fall and Halloween greetings are being added to daily.
In the Notes of Faith shop, you will find messages of hope, faith, get well, and encouragement.

You are so hiliarious! I'm glad you are having so much fun! *Delight*
You may be bugged by me when it comes time. *Bigsmile*
How did you get the animation? I would like to do some photos like that too.
my first attempt at a gif animated image
This is a test. This is only a test.
Does everyone else see two black cats
mysteriously appear on the pumpkins with the first cat?

This is my first attempt at an animated c-note and frankly, it's a bit creepy.
Not exactly what I was going for lol

image for c-note shop
Another practice test :)
Nicely done!!!
A great attempt, and yes, I see them.
Those are awesome! The cats fading in are beautiful! *Heart* (The smiley rolling in is super cute, too!)
I've added a new entry to my book, "Autumn Grace's Blog :
         "Worried & Praying
As we near the end of the week, I am sure we can all think of a person or two who could use a little perk me up. For a limited time, all c-notes in ALL my shops are 50 gift points per card when you send 25 at one time! At that rate, why not treat your fans to a little note of appreciation?
C-Note Mall  (E)
All my various C-Note Collections will be stored here.
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*PoseyR* Choose any c-note shop listed here for a special limited price. *Vine1* There is an all-new Scriptures of Faith store I've just started stocking. If you have a special scripture verse you'd like to see on an inspirational card, let me know and I'll see what I can do! *Vine2*
I've added a new entry to my book, "F.R.O.G Blog:
         "Good Morning & Happy Fall to ALL includes pics!
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