NaNo Prep For Pantsers

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #001.

This is it. This is the year that you’re actually going to do it. You’ve been wanting to write a novel for the last ten, twenty, or even thirty years of your life, and now you finally have the motivation to make that dream a reality.

When it comes to motivating prospective writers, nothing has had  more unmitigated success than the National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. In fact, I’m sure more than a few of us are counting down the days till November, eagerly looking forward to reaching that 50,000 word count goal on the contest’s 20th anniversary.

Now, the question is, will you be among the thousands of writers who earn their winner’s certificate, or will you fall short? I believe that the answer depends a great deal on how much time and effort you put into preparing for November’s arrival.

You hear that? That is the sound of millions of pantser voices suddenly crying out in terror. Let me start by saying, do I agree? No. But do I understand? Kind of!

I meant to type that I completely understand and sympathize, but it didn’t sit well with me. That being said, I still want you to do the very best you can do this November, and if this magazine can provide you with the boost needed to achieve success, even as a pantser, then I provide that assistance gladly.

That being the case, I’ve decided to dedicate the inaugural issue of The Writer’s Everything to you. The following article will focus on things pantsers can do to prepare for NaNoWriMo.


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This article, as well as many others, have been featured in previous issues of my writing journal, The Writer’s Everything, in which I, along with occasional guest contributors, provide essays, guides, encouragement, motivation, writing prompts, character bio development kits, and anything else that can help you turn your dream of becoming a writer into a reality.


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