How I am Prepping for #NaNoWriMo

Next week is November, which means National Novel Writing Month is nearly here! This time of year is so exciting (and nerve-racking) for writers alike who want to challenge themselves to this thirty-day writing goal.

National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo, gives writers of all levels the opportunity to bang out their first draft of their manuscript with a set goal of 50,000 words at the end of the month (the daily goal being about 1,700 words.)

But do not be intimidated! Everyone has the ability to set their own goals. You can choose to write more or write less. The whole point of the challenge is to make aspiring and seasoned authors write every day for the month of November.

Why Participate?

This NaNoWriMo season will be my second attempt at the challenge. I tried participating last year but lost my steam after only a week. I didn’t quite prepare myself last year. I just dove in head first and tried to tread water.

This year is different; I spent a good amount of October outlining and jotting notes for my plans and plot for my work-in-progress (WIP). By the end of the month, I expect to have the first draft of my WIP completed.

I have also been working on a writing routine. My planned routine for November is to get up at 5 a.m. every morning and write as much as I can before I start my day. With my outline and notes in hand, I can’t wait to take on this novel writing challenge head on this year!

Support and the Community

Every year, writers discover and return to the NaNoWriMo challenge because it is so helpful in pushing writers to create that magnum opus that every writer dreams of writing! But we cannot do it all on our own.

The Twitterverse has a large writing community and the NaNoWriMo website helps writers connect with writers; with their motivation and support, it is important to utilize these platforms for daily inspiration.

I have many amazing Twitter friends that I have agreed to partner with as we push our WIPs through the NaNoWriMo challenge, and I know we will do our best to build each other up as we rack our brains all month long for words, sentences, and paragraphs.


Georgia I. Salvaryn is a graduate student at Rowan University, pursuing a master's in writing. She earned her bachelor's degree from Montclair State University in Journalism, with a minor in Chinese studies. Georgia is a writer and content manager for ink. From full-of-facts investigative journalism pieces to fluffy and fun feature pieces, her writing range reaches across multiple genres. In her spare time, Georgia dabbles in photography, enjoys drawing pen-and-ink art, and attempts to complete New York Times crossword puzzles. You can browse her articles and photos on her website

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