Last year, I did the 50000 word marathon. I wrote a (part of) a very twisted Snow White story from the Stepmother’s point of view. In it, Snow White’s a murderous pre-teen who killed animals and people and used their blood, bone and ashes as makeup. Here’s an excerpt from the first “chapter” (I use quotes because it’s not quite organized and developed).
Though I’m not doing NaNoWriMo this year (college apps, test prep and my course-load is keeping me busy this month), I did complete it last year.
I do have some um…wisdom for those brave souls who’re trying it this year. Without much ado,
- Don’t be intimidated by the number 50,000. All you need to do is write. You could write fanfiction or a collection of poetry and short-stories. You could keep a diary. If you’re capable of writing a 50,000 word shopping list, you could do that.
- Find friends to write with. They’ll keep you on track and they’re very helpful to bounce ideas off of.
- Don’t aim for perfection. These 50,000 words are just your first draft.
- Don’t edit as you write. I like to use white text so I’m not tempted to correct my typos and horrendous grammar.
- If you can’t think of anything, write anyways. Eventually you’ll stumble onto something good.
- Don’t erase anything. Even if you manage to get your protagonist sucked into a black-hole or vortex (and you didn’t mean to), keep it. You might want to reuse parts of it later. Just start that chapter again. Hopefully, it’ll end the way you want it to this time.
- Plan out a general plot. There’s nothing worse than having your protagonist or villain get killed off by the time you reach 10,000 words.
- Write every day. 1667 words aren’t too much to write in a day. But, when you put it off for a week, you will kick yourself when you realize 11,667 words to get back on schedule.
- At the same time, if you put it off for more than a couple days, don’t give up. It’s not impossible to get back on track.
- Strangely enough, the goal of NaNoWriMo isn’t to get you to write a novel in a month—it’s to get you to start writing. If you want to extend your NaNoWriMo into December, it’s your choice.
So if anybody noticed the title of this post, the “long version” part is confusing. I wrote an abbreviated list for my school newspaper, The Oracle. If you’re curious about that, it’s over here.