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What is NaNoWriMo? a Guide for Beginners + Tips and Tricks

*Jumps around screaming in excitement* I can’t believe it!! Today is the first day of NaNoWriMo! This is going to be so much fun! I can’t wait to see how this goes in the end!

But wait. *Looks at you suspiciously*

Do you know what NaNoWriMo is?


I am going to fix that today. From covering what NaNo is to giving tips and tricks that even seasoned NaNo participants will find useful.

Let’s dive in!

What is NaNoWriMo?

NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. During this month people from all around the world come together and try to write a 50,000 word book in a month.

The competition goes from November First to November thirtieth. During these thirty days writers from all backgrounds write as one and create worlds from their imagination.

But can I do NaNoWriMo even though I have never written anything?

Absolutely! National Novel writing month is all about trying new things. When I did my first NaNo I wrote a Modern Christion Fiction. Something that I had never even considered writing before, and it is now one if the projects that is closest to my heart.

So if you are in doubt consider this a sign to sit down and that book that is on your heart.

Okay I’ll do it! But what should my book be about?

The best tip I have on what you should write is simple.

Write the book you want to read.

For me that means a Fantasy Retelling that is clean. for you that might mean a Historical fiction about finding peace. Whatever it is you have to make sure that it is something that you will want to read at the end of National Novel writing month.

Okay, I have an idea but how do I stay motivated to keep writing?

I have a few tricks for this one! *giggles*

Okay so a big one for me is Prizes once you reach a certain word count goal. For example, last year I gave myself a little goodie after ever five thousand words that I wrote, this year I am rewarding myself with a prize after every ten thousand words. Writing not just to write but also to get a little gift is a great way to keep yourself motivated.

Music! Listening to a playlist to give yourself a recharge almost always works for me. Below is my Recharge playlist. Feel free to listen through NaNoWriMo!

Writing is going well but I am starting to think that my writing isn’t good enough.



Don’t think like that!

Your writing is amazing.

Your writing shows truth that is hard to see.

Don’t think for a second that your writing isn’t good enough.

Why did you start writing it?

You started writing it to read the book you wanted to read. Not the book that is going to be the next Harry Potter.

Write for you.

And write for God.

Are you exited for NaNo? If so, what is your biggest tip? What is a quote that you find encouraging? Comment below!

Rock On,

K. Florence

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