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Prepping for NaNoWriMo: Your Writing Desk

Sabra GilbertComment

Only a week and a half until NaNoWriMo begins! I'm super excited about it! October is a month of prepping. I've been writing blog posts, cleaning my apartment, and planning more details of my novel.

And don't forget putting together my writing playlist!

The less distractions that you have during a month of writing, the more writing you are actually able to accomplish!

This week, the type of prepping that I took to was getting my writing area ready! Here are some tips for you to do the same!

1| Clean up Your Writing Area

- I recommend a large table or desk. I say large because you don't want to feel like you are boxed in. You also want to be able to spread out your materials to be available at a glance. I'll show off my space in a few weeks!

2| Remove Distractions

- Have a few fun things around that inspire you, but if it doesn't inspire and instead distracts, it needs to be removed from your area for the month. I know that concentrating on writing can be difficult to do when you are trying to do it day in and day out, so limiting the things that could cause you to loose focus is best.

3| Add Inspiration

- Not only do you have to have limited distractions while writing, but it is still best to be inspired! I'm looking forward to  fresh flowers and my favorite candle, along with character inspiration boards to help guide me when I'm trying to decide what a character would do.

4| Print your Notes, Inspiration boards, and Timeline

- Electronics are your biggest threat to your concentration. Get everything printed on nice paper and organize it in a nice binder. Or don't. Use the method that would work the best for you to find what you need when you need it.

5| Grab the Essentials

- I'll be covering this further next week when I talk about making your own NaNoWriMo Box. But a little preview would be to get a notebook for notes, your favorite candle to relax to, along with chargers for your phone and laptop.

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What Worked for NaNoWriMo

Sabra GilbertComment

   So obviously, NaNoWriMo didn't go completely awesome for me, but there were a few things that worked when I was able to actually to sit down and get things going every once in a while. It's really good to review and try to figure out what works for you to continue using these things to keep going.

1| Sitting in a comfortable spot.

2| Making a plan.

3| Having everything I needed within my reach.

4| Bouncing off background information about Characters

5| Having goals.

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How did NaNoWriMo 2014 go?

Sabra GilbertComment

This was my first ever NaNoWriMo! While it didn't go exactly the way that I had wanted it to, I'm still extremely proud of myself for jumping into it and trying my best. I'm hoping that maybe once I'm out of school, that then an actual full NaNoWriMo may be easier to do. With school and it being the end of the semester, homework, tests, and projects got in the way of being able to sit down at the computer daily.

In the end, my word count was 11,295 making a total of 20 pages. That's 3,257 more words than I had for a manuscript that I've been working on since June! So some awesome progress, even if it seems small in comparison to other NaNoWriMoers.

How did your November go?

NaNoWriMo Goals
NaNoWriMo Week 2 Update
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NaNoWriMo 2014 Goals

Sabra GilbertComment
Have you ever participated in National Novel Writing Month? I'm just about to for the first time ever and I am extremely excited! It consists of a whole month spent with the goal in mind to write 50,000 words for your novel.

Now, since I have school this seems like an extremely daunting task, so my plan is to bring my manuscript up to 50,000 words. So I have 41,962 words to go.

I plan to do this all without editing. So I have to just keep going and not fix spelling errors or spending too much time changing conversations that don't matter to the plot.

So while I don't think I'll have time to write on Sundays, the other days I will have a goal of either 1679 or 1678 words a day.

So wish me luck as I begin tomorrow!

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