NaNoWriMo Wrap-Up | Things I’ve Learned and Q&A

I won NaNoWriMo! It feels good to write that! For everyone that has cheered me on, helped me in any way, did word sprints with me (Ilsa thank you <3), or whether you just chatted with me, thank you alllllll!

During NaNoWriMo I’ve struggled a lot, but I pulled through and ended up with 50,060 words (I honestly don’t understand because MS Word counted 50,054 words, I don’t know where those final 6 words came from). I’ve made most of it up as I went. I had an outline, but I haven’t even looked at it in the final half. I knew most of it by heart though and there wasn’t much work put in the outline.

NaNoWriMostats

If you look at my stats, it seems like I had a pretty relaxed month, but that’s not really the case. I’ve had pretty bad days on which I barely wrote anything, and on other days I wrote 3k, but I wrote something on every single day.

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The Bad Book Project | Announcement & looking for contributors!

Short Story Society isn’t even officially over yet (although today is the last day (officially)), and I already have come up with another project! You have all heard of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, which takes place in November), I presume. Writing a book in a month is something that is an amazing accomplishment! Last year I didn’t participate because I simply didn’t have the time. And because 50.000 words is a whole lot! This year I’m going to try to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo instead (I didn’t even really know it existed before). Camp NaNoWriMo is basically the same as NaNoWriMo, but you can decide on your own goal and you have cabins with fellow writers that can motivate and help you if necessary. It seems like a great alternative if NaNoWriMo is a little too difficult yet.

And from this, and an afternoon of watching YouTube videos, a new project arises! I’m going to try to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo in April, and in the weeks between now and April I’m going to post about all the things you need to know about writing a novel. Of course, I’m not an expert, so I’m going to do research and write about what I’m doing in preparation. Also, this is where you come in, I’m looking for people with experience in NaNoWriMo or writing books in general, to do a guest post about one of the following topics:

  • Developing a plot. Topics that are related to this: how to get from an idea to a story line, how not to make your plot too predictable, and how to keep your story going.
  • Creating realistic and believable characters. Topics that are related to this: diversity, how to make them communicate and talk, and character development.
  • World-building. Topics that are related to this: how to make a world come alive, how to develop new technologies, how the norms and laws in this world affect characters, etc. (mainly for fantasy / sci-fi writers)
  • Outlining your plot. Topics that are related to this: how and why to outline, and which different ways there are to outline.
  • Writing in general. Topics that are related to this: writing-style, dialogue, what to avoid while writing and how to get past a writer’s-block.

I’m going to spent 2-3 weeks on each topic, with 1 post each week (at least, that’s the plan). There are twelve weeks between now and April, so I’m going do 12 post in total.

If you are a writer and you’d like to help me out, I can always return the favour by doing a some advertising of your blog and/or of your book (if it is published or going to be published, that is). Contact me via liaislost@outlook.com and/or comment below! Please let me know what you’d like to write about. I would love to get at least one guest-post on each of the five topics, and if you’ve got any ideas for more posts or other topics, it is very welcome!

Find me on Camp NaNoWriMo: LiaIsLost

More about NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo

P.S. If you’re curious about why it is called The Bad Book Project, I’ll talk more about that this weekend, when the first TBBP post goes up 🙂