How to Write a Novel in 30 Days

Um, yeah, you heard me. You’re going to write a novel in 30 days. You’re going to sit yourself down, follow these instructions and pump out a first draft in 30 days.

I think, for the most part, writers claim that they aren’t writing because they have no time. This is an issue as a whole for our society. “There’s no time”.

But, what are you so focused on in life that takes away from doing what you’re truly passionate about? Money? Relationships?

In any case, sometimes you need to be a little selfish for yourself. One month. That’s all you need to accomplish something that will change your life. Perhaps you’ll need to do some pre-planning before you dive in, but that’s totally doable.

That 1 hour kickboxing class that you’re in every Tuesday? Let them know that you’ll be back in a month. The 30 minute television show that you watch every Thursday? Take a break, you’ll be able to catch up later.

By doing this, you’re not only finally committing to yourself, but to your passions. The time that you take for yourself you’ll be spending on your latest project.

April of 2017 could be your month to find out how challenging it is to write a novel. I’m not going to lie to you, it isn’t a piece of cake. (Although cake isn’t a bad way to celebrate after you finish the first draft)

And not only will it be just you going on a month-long journey in April, but thousands of other writers just like you. A community of people who want the same exact thing as you will band together under the company NaNo WriMo.

Funky name, right? Well, it stands for something. NaNo WriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. This month is actually November, but they also sponsor a Camp NaNo WriMo in the months of April and June.

The great thing about this program is that it is flexible to all sorts of different people. Are you insanely organized? Well, once you set a word-count goal they’ll tell you how much words you have to write everyday to maintain pace. Are you someone who easily gets behind? Good news, they also tell you how many words you need to write per day to achieve your word goal.

I think this program is awesome, I definitely wouldn’t be the writer I am today without them.

Alrighty, so since we’ve already covered that you’re going to be selfish for ONE month of your long life, you next need to decide what in the world you’re going to write about. If you’re not sure, please read my previous post on “How to Write The Book you Want to Read“. You’ll not only need a stellar idea, but an idea that you can get behind as the author.

Then, you need to start your brainstorm. While I’ll offer planning tips in March, you still should get started on your brainstorm to ensure that you’ll be able to take off in April.

 

Lastly, if you’re still doubting yourself and your ability to make time for yourself, I want you to mark down on a piece of paper the exact time and duration of a long moment where you’re doing nothing. Do you carpool to work? Write on your phone on the way there. Could you wake up 30 minutes earlier or stay up 30 minutes later? Start asking yourself these questions and I guarantee that you’ll start finding time for yourself.

 

Happy Writing!

-Kate

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