A Pep Talk on How to Use NaNoWriMo to Your Advantage

Okay, listen up writers. I’m here to kick you into gear. I’m here to tell you it can be done. I’m here to tell you not to give up.

November is here, and on this 5th day, let us remember that there are many more days in the month, and they shouldn’t go to waste if you are participating in NaNoWriMo, otherwise known as National Novel Writing Month. Established many years ago, NaNoWriMo was created to encourage writers to complete 50,000 words of a novel or work of nonfiction by November 30. The word count of 50,000 words constitutes a short novel, or approximately 1,660 words a day.

I’m here as your Fairy Writermother to tell you it can be done. Back in 2018, I pledged to write a novel and publish it within a one-year time frame. I set the challenge and I met it. And while I only hit 42,000 words for the month of November, it propelled me forward to completing an 86,000+ word novel, my longest to date, which I published within the year. If I can do it, so can you.

I’m using this year’s NaNoWriMo to make headway on a novel I started not too long ago. Right at the 19,000-word mark when November began, my new work-in-progress entitled Dodging Love, is an historical romance that begins in 1956. Initially slated as a love story, it’s become much more than that; it’s a psychological romance/relationship story set over several years, and I finally am writing a real antagonist. She’s not too pleasant.

So, what constitutes a novel and what are the breakdowns of the various different story structures? See the graphic below for details and what I’ve written as examples.

So, knowing all this, I’m challenging you to stick with it this November. YOU CAN DO IT, and I’ll be writing right alongside you. Feel free to let me know how you’re doing in the comments and if this pep talked helped at all!

Get to it!

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