Welcome to my first official NaNoWriMo update.
So for those unaware, I’ve challenged myself to write 50 000 words of a novel over the course of November as part of the National Novel Writing Month challenge.
My plan was originally to update you on how I’m going so far in this 50 000 words writing adventure, but as we’re only at day four, not a great deal has happened yet.
My word count for NANO 2019 so far: 0 … I have yet to start. One more day of uni assignments left.
Total suggested word count for NANO 2019 so far: 6668
Because this journey is only just beginning for the month, I thought I might share two of the most valuable websites to me during the month of November.
Across November, I will spend the majority of my time on NaNoWriMo’s official website. Not only do they have a word count updater (which I become oddly obsessed with each year and which can be very critical when you fall behind!), but the website hosts a range of forums to connect with other writers and solve various plot holes etc. The organisers also compile a range of guest posts from famous writers across a myriad of genres that help to spark imagination, get you writing and keep your enthusiasm for the story going even when your energy and motivation start to inevitably wane.
I’ll also spend a lot of time using the aptly named site, Write or Die. Write or Die is a fantastic website that allows you to set controls – time controls, violence controls and consequence controls – to PUSH you into writing more, and faster. Over the years, there have been a variety of updates done to this site, but I prefer version 2 of Write or Die. I just find it cleaner and easier to use than the more complicated and distracting Write or Die v3. Note, at the time of writing this, Write or Die V3 appears to be undergoing lengthy updates making that version of the site unusable.
Whenever I find myself struggling to write, or lacking motivation, I quickly hit up Write or Die and instantly find myself scrambling for words (not necessarily great ones, but every word counts in NaNoWriMo) in next to no time. Sometimes I even surprise myself by spitting out some real gems that aren’t discarded in edits during January of the following year.
Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this month? Or do you have any creative/writing based websites that I should be aware of? Leave a comment below and let me know if you do as I’m always looking for more craft-based websites etc.