NaNoWriMo – How Do You IDEA?

You’ve signed up on the NaNoWriMo site. You’ve introduced yourself in your regional forum. You’ve donated and acquired a shiny new halo around your picture.

And now it’s time to fill out the information about your novel and…crap.

Finding something to actually write about is sometimes the most panic-inducing part of NaNoWriMo—or at least, of October.

Maybe you’ve had an idea knocking around in your head for a while , in which case, good for you! Or maybe you’ve got an idea, but you just aren’t sure how to make it go for 50,000 words. Or maybe you’re more like me and just know that you want to write, even if you aren’t exactly sure what.

Every year I’ve done NaNo, I’ve found myself stumbling across the idea for my novel in vastly different ways, sometimes with just a couple of days to spare before I have to start writing.

So if you’re in that moment of “I don’t know what to write!” panic, stop, take a deep breath, and take a look at some of the different ways you can scrounge up something worth spending an entire month writing.

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Unprepared and Don’t Care – Prepping for NaNoWriMo

It’s just a little over two weeks until NaNoWriMo begins. I can’t believe how fast the time is flying.

There are things to do.

Finish the fall cleaning.

Get as much of the menu-planning and grocery shopping for November done before the month begins as is possible.

Reiterate to family and friends again and again and again that all of my weekends between from October 26-December 7 are booked already.

And despite the fact that almost all of the dates, times, and venues we need for the local regional events (oh, btw, Michelle and I are Municipal Liaisons for NaNoWriMo) have been confirmed, and I know what story I’ll be writing, I still feel woefully unprepared.

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