How to Prepare for National Novel Writing Month – The Writing Coach 030

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Next month, thousands of writers from all around the world will attempt to write a novel in thirty days as part of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The event is massively popular, but few writers go into the event truly prepared for what they are going to experience.

In this episode, I speak with Fay, a NaNoWriMo Regional Liaison, about the joys of participating in the event and what writers can do to prepare.

During the interview, Fay describes:

  • How she first got involved in NaNoWriMo;
  • What her role as Regional Liason entails;
  • The benefits of being part of NaNo; and,
  •  Most important of all, what YOU can do to succeed at writing a novel next month.

Listen to the episode now:

Show Notes

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  • Chris Shumate

    Reply Reply October 24, 2016

    I’m planning to participate in Nano this year with my own little twist. It seems like everyone has their own twist and rules that they implement so I will follow suit.

    I want to have three 13,000 word chapter books written. I have one beaten out and need to beat the other two.


    Reply Reply October 30, 2016

    That’s awesome, Chris! I love the kind of goal setting you are doing. Let me know if there is anything I can do to support you throughout November!

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