NaNoWriMo – Pre-Post Musing of a Writers’ Support Group

For those of you who aren’t familiar with NaNoWriMo, it stands for National Novel Writing Month. Every year in the month of November, writers from all over the world attempt to write a 50,000-word novel in just 30 days. That works out to 1,670 words per day, which is equivalent to about 3 pages of single-spaced text.

 I’ve always wanted to participate in NaNoWriMo. This year, I’ve decided to go for it. I started by assembling a NaNoWriMo “support group.” I’m hoping that we can keep each other motivated through this grueling month of writing. The members of my group are:

- Arlene Ang, award-winning poet, artist, and fantasy writer who lives in Italy.

- Dinesh Pulandram, speculative fiction writer who lives in Australia.

- Erin Wilcox, speculative fiction writer and editor who lives in United States, Arizona.

- Me (Camille Picott), speculative fiction writer from United States, California.

I was curious as to what each of my writing buddies is doing to prep for NaNoWriMo. Each of them was kind enough to share their answers with me.

Arlene Ang says, “I'd like to seriously plot my novel this time so I have a clear idea of what needs to be written every day for 30 days. Day 1, for example, could be: Give the main character a terrible headache and have the villain save the world.”

Dinesh Pulandram says, “I have about four worlds in my head - these are milieus which I develop to write stories - so I'm going to pick one of these worlds to write in. This world was chosen because a short story written in it had positive feedback from a bunch of editors.”

Erin Wilcox says, "To prepare for NanoWriMo, I am going to find some yoga colleagues to help out with my efforts to offer yoga at Occupy Tucson every morning. On days when I do teach, I need to get up earlier to do my writing exercises before I teach, so I can hit the novel when I get home. I can only get up early when I go to bed early, so one of the most important things I've been doing to get ready is dialing my clock back, going to bed earlier and waking up earlier.As for me, I took a day off from work and wrote an entire outline, chapter-by-chapter, for my novel. Then I tapped my inner geek and created an Excel spreadsheet to help me track my daily word count."

Each week, I will post interviews from members of my NaNoWriMo support group.

What are other writers out there doing to prep for NaNoWriMo?