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Authors sharpen their pens, have their notebooks ready and have been busy working out their plots and characters for days before they start. Because November is soon. Soon it will be NaNoWriMo.

Do you want to write a complete novel in 30 days? Then quickly register with NaNoWriMo (free of charge) and use the last days of October to prepare for the writing marathon.

How you can now prepare for the NaNoWriMo

First the facts:

National Novel Writing Month begins punctually on November 1st each year and ends on November 30th with a novel of at least 50,000 words.

That's the plan.

On the nanowrimo.org site, all those who are brave can register officially and completely free of charge. There you log your daily progress and can thus determine whether you are well on time with the current number of words in the manuscript.

Every year there are newly designed NaNoWriMo participant banners for social media for free use to show publicly that you are there, and even small widgets that can be integrated into your own author's blog. So every author can let his fans participate in his own writing progress.

The goal: 50,000 words in 30 days

That's at least 1,667 words a day. Depending on the setting in the text program, this makes about 4 typed text pages that you have to write down every day in order to achieve the goal. But what if a day is missed - because of a birthday, illness, not in the mood? So it's best to set a higher daily goal: 2,500 words, for example.

You have to do that first!

Since the words cannot always be reliably shaken out of your sleeve over this long period of time, experienced NaNoWriMo participants prepare extensively. In corresponding forums, among other things. the Snowflake and L.O.C.K.Methods are recommended in order to plan the course of the story in more or less detail. But if November is just around the corner faster than expected (or if you have only recently heard of the NaNo), you still have to make the most important brief preparations to get on November 1st. to be able to jump straight into the deep end.

Last minute writing preparations

For you spontaneous, we give our tips here on what you can definitely do beforehand in terms of preparation - and if the NaNo starting gun has already been fired. Grab a piece of paper and pen and solve the following tasks.

1. Describe your main characters as precisely as possible.

What's your name? Where are you from? How do you look? What quirks / recognition features do they have?

2. Set a goal for the story and your characters.

Every person in your story should want something. What's this? And what does the story come down to in the end?

3. Record the conflicts.

So every person has a goal, but of course something stands in the way. What makes it difficult for your people to get what they want?

4. Sketch different stages in your story.

Where does it start What has to happen first? Does one event follow another?

The more detailed you can work out the sketch, the easier it will be for you to write in November and to keep the thread firmly in your hand.

But don't fool yourself - it's going to be tough!

Not everyone makes it through time. There is no shame in that! But it's worth trying, because in the end you will have a first rough draft of your novel in your hands. Let's go!

4 tips to persevere

1. Twitter

The tweeters among you can check out the hash tags #nanowrimo and # nano17 exchange and follow the German account @GerNoWriMo. There is always a small motivation boost here.

2. Facebook groups

There are groups on Facebook where you can exchange ideas with others, e.g. B. the group NaNoWriMo 2017 Germany or the NaNoWriMo-Café.

3. Writing Buddies and NaNo Forum

Connect with other participants on nanowrimo.org and add them there as writing buddies. This is how you see how fast the others are and you can let it inspire you. You can also exchange ideas in the NaNo forums. There is always someone there who can help you out with a good idea in case of story difficulties. Of course there is also a German-language forum corner!

And the ultimate success tip to win the NaNoWriMo:

4. Regional writing meetings

Meet other participants regularly! There are writing meetings in many cities - find out when and where in the guide of the German-speaking NaNo forum. Or organize your own meeting in a café, in the library or at your home. Sit down with laptops or other writing utensils and let the sound of the clicking buttons and scratching pens motivate you. It is worth it!

Do you take part in the NaNoWriMo?

Let us know how it's going and leave a comment. Feel free to link your blog if you blog about your NaNo experiences. ;)