• Sofiya Pasternack

How to Succeed At NaNoWriMo: 2020 Update

We're coming up on the most wonderful time of the year: NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH aka NaNoWriMo aka when I'm on my computer even more than usual (which is a lot, y'all).


There are a few different schools of thought about NaNo. One of them is the one I belong to: HOORAY FOR NANO WHEEEE! Another one is the exact opposite of that: NANO IS ONLY FOR PEOPLE WHO TAKE THIS WRITING THING VERY SERIOUSLY. And yet another one makes me sad: NANO IS STUPID, REAL WRITERS DON'T WAIT FOR A SPECIFIC MONTH TO WRITE.


I'm not going to try to convince these latter two groups that NaNo is good and for everyone, because if you want to live your life being annoyed at the happiness of others, that's all you, man, go for it. Rather, I'm going to address the unsure writers who have been affected by that negativity, and I'm going to give you a nice plan on how to succeed at NaNo. Are you ready? Okay, let's go!

STEP ONE: NaNo is for real writers lol

The novel that I published in 2019 was written during NaNo 2015.

I EVEN MADE MY OWN STUPID COVER FOR IT!!


It has a much better cover now.


Anyway, the point is, NaNo is for real writers. It's also for casual writers. It's also for writers who don't know if they want to be real or casual. NaNo is for anyone who wants to sign up and write 50k words in 30 days. End of discussion.





STEP TWO: Think outside the novel box

I have a secret for you. Come here, I'm gonna whisper it:


YOU DON'T HAVE TO WRITE A NOVEL FOR NANOWRIMO!


Ahem.


"Sofi," you say, indignantly, "stop talkin