Theme: NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo
As many of you may know, November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), an event in which writers, would-be writers, wanna-be writers, and people with a story to tell gather online and try to pound out a 50,000 word novel in a single month’s time. NaNoWriMo has been going on in one form or another since 1999, and hundreds of thousands of people now participate and try to win the coveted finisher’s badge.
What you might not know is that November is also National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo). Actually, every month can be NaBloPoMo, but there seems to be a slight bit of extra attention paid to November (probably so that those who don’t want to do NaNoWriMo have something to do). For NaBloPoMo, you post a blog post every day for a month. There are prompts that you can try to write on Monday through Friday, and a page you can upload your posts onto.
Because I don’t need sleep or socialization, I’ve elected to do both NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo this month. As you’ve seen, the NaBloPoMo posts are all labeled as such with the NaBloPoMo badge on them. If you’d like to follow me on NaNoWriMo, my name is clbutor.
But what if you’re not independently fueled by rage and a lingering sense of disappointment in the world? Well, I’ve compiled a few links for you to help you learn about NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo and get motivated to make the best of November. Remember, it’s only the first week – you can still catch up, you can still kick ass! So good luck and get started!
Let’s start with NaBloPoMo since it’s not so well known. The site BlogHer officially hosts it, and they’ve done a great job at trying to expand the event and make it both interactive and fun. If you click here, you can see all the blogs that committed themselves this month (including yours truly), though, unfortunately, you can no longer add your own. If you click here, you can see the prompts for this month, many of which focus on the past, present, and future (resulting in several depressing childhood posts, as I’m sure you’ve seen). If you click here, you can upload your NaBloPoMo posts, even if you’re not officially part of the blog roll (It’s a great opportunity to learn about new writers and promote yourself.). If you click here, you can see this month’s NaBloPoMo badges and add them to your blog, Facebook page, or web site. Finally, if you’re still on the fence about joining in on the fun, click here to read a really good article about why one author chose to do it. It’s a good read and very informative.
For a little bit of background, I can tell you that I’m doing the weekdaily writing prompts, but I’ve set myself a time limit: I only work on them for 15 minutes. I set a timer and write on the prompt for 15 minutes. I then allow myself 15 – 20 minutes to edit it (if necessary) before sending it off into the world. Doing so has helped me stay on target and not overthink the posts, many of which are highly personal. I’d recommend giving it a try, especially if you have the tendency to overthink or shy away from sharing like I do.
Now on to the main event: NaNoWriMo. First off, you need to go to their page, which you can find by clicking here. The site is packed with tons of gems like finding a region to connect with, reading pep talks by published authors, shopping for their cute merchandise, and donating to keep this crazy ride going. You should really just spend an hour or so signing up and wandering the site getting to know it. By the time you leave, you’ll have found a community, motivation, and some fun swag. Do it.
For some quick links into the NaNoWriMo community, go here for their Twitter page, here for their sprint Twitter page (which, if you’ve never done a sprint, you should start; they’re really helpful for upping your word count), here for their Facebook page, here for their Instagram page, here for their Pinterest page, and here for the official calendar. Much to my initial surprise, I found that all of their pages are well moderated and routinely updated. They’re actually worth checking out.
Oh, hey, you have a young writer that wants to join NaNoWriMo too? Well, click here to look at NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers Program page! And if you’re a teacher and want to bring NaNoWriMo to your classroom, click here to find out how one did just that.
Finally, here’s a bit of motivation and guidance to get you through the process of writing every day. If you click here, you can read a step-by-step guide on how to get started and stay motivated. It includes such helpful information as how to develop story, create characters, and structure your story. If you’d like a visual reminder of how much you should be writing every day, click here for a really well made calendar. Here are 31 Things to Expect while writing your first novel. If you click here, you can see a bunch of playlists to listen to while writing. And, if you’re starting to wonder, ‘Why am I even doing this? I’ll never get published,’ guess what? You might! If you finish your novel, revise and edit like mad, and pitch it, you can get published – just like these 14 novelists did. So write on, my intrepid fellow writers!