NaNoWriMo is just around the corner, this is going to be my first proper attempt at NaNoWriMo this year. I have researched this a lot and I have been preparing for it a lot in the last three weeks, so I am more than raring to go!
I have a whole novel mapped out and planned to precision, so hopefully there shouldn’t be too many blocked moments.
The aim of NaNoWriMo is that from the 1st of November to the end of November (the 30th) you aim to write 50,000 towards your first draft – it encourages you to actually complete your work. You will receive lots of help and make lots of new friends that help encourage your on you way to completing your 50,000 words. The concept is that this is how a successful best-selling working writer lives, they accomplish on an average around 50,000 words of something a month. It’s to get you realising what life as a best-selling author is going to be like, if you wish to be someone as prolific as say Stephen King. Now to accomplish 50,000 words in just one month, you will need to write 1,670 words per day. Stephen King claims he doesn’t leave his writing den before he has finished writing six pages in any one day – that equates to about the same length we’re expected to write at NaNoWriMo and I must also say, his minimum is just six pages, it’s not what he does every day, he admits sometimes he writes more, but six pages is his daily goal.
Now for someone who is new to the idea of becoming a writer, or for someone who struggles putting pen to paper and is intimidated by that fearsome blank page, this idea can be very daunting – but hang in there! NaNoWriMo members are there to talk you through it, give you tips on how to survive this and what’s more, it will help make you feel like you’ve achieved something. Your first draft isn’t meant to be perfect, some authors have to redraft their work twenty times before it’s prime enough for publication – don’t be too hard on yourself, or your first draft or baby you won’t survive.
Simple tip for getting 50,000 words at NaNoWriMo, just write, forget editing, just write – it’s your first draft, it’s not meant to be perfect!
Just sit and write if you want to be a writer. Guess what? When you publish anything on your blog you are a published writer, did you know that? As stupid as it sounds, I never knew this until a friend told me this online earlier today.
Yes, anything you put on your blog is considered “published”, so you must congratulate yourself right now for being a published writer already. Anyone who tells you otherwise doesn’t fully understand the ways that the internet can assist someone to actually make a career for themselves.
If you have followers, you shouldn’t look at them as mere readers, they are your fans and you should take care of your fan base and make sure that they don’t get bored by waiting for new material for too long. All of this has been said to me by a good creative/artist friend, things I had never thought of myself and believed them.
I am motivated by the fact that I have hundreds of followers, I am very sad for them that I’ve neglected to give them more material that they obviously loved enough to follow my blog.
I feel ashamed of myself for letting them down.
The wakeup call I got from my friend today has made me realise how popular I am and how much I have succeeded just by simply having a blog.
It is my duty to my followers (my fans) to give them regular new material as often as possible.
As a writer we are entertainers, it is our duty to keep our fans entertained, if we fail to do this, we fail them and even more so ourselves because we will then lose that vital fan base. So keep your blog active. This is something I am definitely going to do now and this awakening is so important to me that I am seriously thinking about printing this post out and putting it on my wall next to my desk!
I hope that this post has helped other bloggers realise how successful they’ve become too, without realising it.
I think I have finally lost my marbles, given the idea I’ve had about a fairy-tale; I’ve though up my own dark fantasy version of Jack and the Beanstalk and this idea is so great and exciting for me that I am leaving all my other projects aside so I can write this, I suspect it will be a novella size – but whatever, I think it will be hilarious.
Unfortunately I won’t be posting the story on my blog when I’ve finished because I don’t know how that will affect me in regards to getting it published or winning a competition. I’ve got great faith that this story will be popular and if I win it via competition before getting it published, I will post it here… but before then, I can’t.