NanoWriMo News is a feature in Books Keep Me Sane that will give you updates and news about Farzy’s lexical bout in the name of novel-writing throughout November.
How to Survive the Thirty Day Lexical Challenge That is NaNoWrimo
Last September I mentioned that I am going to join the NaNoWriMo. To be honest, it was just a spur of the moment decision, I didn’t think of it much at the time. But now that November and NaNoWriMo is fast approaching, I realized what a huge feat this is. I am not sure if I can make it through November with my sanity intact. 30 days, 50 000 words, 16667 words a day. That is crazy.
But then I am known for doing crazy stuff.
For my first NaNoWriMo News post I’m going to share to you the things that I did to prepare myself for this. From choosing the right writing tool to rewarding yourself after NaNoWrimo, I’ve got you covered.
Choose the right writing software for you
MS Word – Ah, the good ol’ MS Word. Most, if not, every one of us is familiar with MS Word. It’s an excellent word processor and has a wide array of features.
- You probably already have it in your computer so you don’t have to seek the internet to download it
- Robust software with wide array of formatting tools
- Can be difficult to organize a manuscript with a lot of chapters/ volume of texts
WriteMonkey – WriteMonkey has a very clean, minimalistic interface. This is perfect for those who don’t want too many things to clutter their virtual writing space and just focus on the writing process itself.
As you can see WriteMonkey basically consist of just a text area. You can access all the features of the software by right-clicking your mouse. (Shown above)
- It’s portable, which means you don’t need to install anything. Just download the zip file and run WriteMonkey.exe and that’s it! You can easily copy it to another PC or a thumb drive.
- Perfect for people who wants a writing software with minimal clutter
- Rather limited formatting options
- Doesn’t have a rich text engine
Scrivener – This is probably the best writing tool I’ve encountered. It’s so full of features that are helpful to different writers, from novelists to screenwriters. It can be overwhelming when it’s your first time using the software but fear not, it has a very comprehensive tutorial and user manual.
- A great organizing tool when you’re writing
- The NaNoWriMo Template in Scrivener is perfect for NaNoWriMo participants
- You have to buy the software but there’s a 30 non consecutive day trial version
- It can be overwhelming when it’s your first time
Your Notebook – Technically not a software but it’s a writing tool all the same. Some of us just can’t turn away from our trusty notebooks.
- You can bring it with you everywhere
- You don’t need to worry about battery life
- You have to type in your computer what you have written before you can validate your word count
Choose your caffeine fix
Be it a six pack diet coke, a bottle of sports drink or a cup of pumpkin-spice latte (perfect for the fall season!) be sure to stock up on caffeine-rich drinks because more often than not you will have to stay up late just to meet your daily 1667 (or more) word target.
According to the famous adage, writing is a solitary thing. Well, I say that’s crap. During NaNoWriMo everyone’s helping out everyone to meet their 50,000 word goal. Seek like-minded people because they will help you and encourage in your writing endeavor. Trust me, there will come a time during NaNoWriMo that you’ll question yourself if your story is really good. That’s normal. I also thought I was the only one. Heck even The Great Neil Gaiman sometimes doubts his writing prowess. And that’s coming from a man with tons of hit books, mind you.
Some of the things that motivate me the most are books, food and clothes. NaNoWriMo is the perfect time to reward yourself—if you reach a particular milestone. Here’s my personal rewards list:
3 000 words – Oreo cookies
5 000 words – Monster McFloat + Twister Fries
10 000 words – McFlurry + Crispy Chicken Sandwich
15 000 words – 1 liter Nestle Chuckie
20 000 words – Big Mac
30 000 words – Pizza
40 000 words – a book
50 000 words – Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Writers/ Cara Delevingne X Penshoppe sweater
I’m not yet sure what I would get for myself once I reach my 50,000 goal. The Cara Delevingne X Penshoppe sweater looks fabulous and it’s perfect for the cool pre-Christmas weather in the Philippines but I am also dying to get my hands on Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Writers. Sigh. I have the rest of December to decide what to get myself when I achieve my Nano goal though so I am not worried about that right now.