NaNoWriMo is starting next month. Are you ready? Wait, what is it?
NaNoWriMo stands for “National Novel Writing Month.” The challenge: write 50,000 words in 30 days. If you write approximately 1,667 words from November 1 to November 30, you might make it.
The writing phenomenon began in 1999 and was established into an official nonprofit organization in 2006. Some writers only participate in NaNoWriMo to test their writing skills. Some have gone beyond and published their books. What about you?
If you need some tips and tricks to produce thousands of words every day, here are five books to prepare for NaNoWriMo success:
1. “10x Writing: How to Ditch Writer’s Block and Finish Your Manuscript 10x Faster Than Before” by Stephen Johnson and R.T.
“You will get left out a lot. There are times when you won’t see your friends for months because you have to put a lot of effort into writing your book. The question you should ask is…is it worth it?” -Stephen Johnson
Sacrifice matters. No Netflix, video games, or Tik Tok cringe videos. You have a book to write, and you have to make the most of it.
2. “2,000 to 10,000: How to Write Faster, Write Better, and Write More of What You Love” by Rachel Aaron (review)
“The most important step of writing fast is knowing what you’re writing before you write it, and nothing helps that like lots of planning.” – Rachel Aaron
Rachel Aaron is a writer who doesn’t give a rat’s tail about writer’s block. Knowing your story like the back of your hand will get you farther than trying to think of things as you go (sorry, Pantsers).
Aaron explains why exciting writing matters and how your characters will eventually lead the story. All you must do is follow them and write it down.
3. “5,000 Words Per Hour: Write Faster, Write Smarter” by Chris Fox
“If you want to make a living with the whole writing thing, you need to maximize those hours.” -Chris Fox
Chris Fox was an iPhone developer before he switched to writing sci-fi novels full-time. His writing productivity came to a point where he would write 5,000 words a day. Imagine getting this amount of work done every day. You’ll accomplish NaNoWriMo in no time!
4. “10,000 Words Per Day” by Mason Sabre
“If there is something you want to achieve, I don’t know, say write 10,000 words in one day, then you have to make it a habit, or you have to make the process that allows for it a habit.” – Mason Sabre
I told a co-worker and fellow writer about Sabre’s book. She thought the idea of writing 10,000 words was crazy until she did it. Now, I’m not saying writing this much is an easy feat. It’s something you must build over time, with the utmost intensity and repetition. Sabre will show you how to get it done with his book.
5. “Writing Habit Mastery: How to Write 2,000 Words a Day and Forever Cure Writers’ Block” by S.J. Scott
“You will need to establish writing habits that help you put word on the page. Then you’ll need to establish habits that help you polish your work until it shines. You’ll need habits that keep you organized and habits that keep you on track. All of these habits, when put together, will deliver results.” – S.J. Scott
Many of us have limiting writing beliefs, preventing us from our greatest potential. We think our writing’s not good enough or can’t write more than 500 words at a time. S.J. Scott will change your mind.
Scott helps you become a more productive writer. NaNoWriMo is the perfect time to challenge those negative beliefs by reading this book.
Any writing books you’d recommend? Comment down below if you’re joining NaNoWriMo this year!
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