NANOWRIMO is just a week away! It’ll be my first time participating, and it’s all I can think about. I have a fresh novel idea, a plan to keep me motivated, and a planner to keep me and my story organized.
One thing I don’t have is practice. With the birth of my baby two months ago, it’s been a while since I’ve written anything other than a blog post. And I’ve never been one to write quickly. I’m a perfectionist and I have a hard time turning off my inner editor. Sometimes I have a hard time moving on until I’m satisfied with everything I’ve already written.
Or I reread what I’ve already written to make sure it’s good enough. I waste so much time rereading and revising words that might not even make the final draft. It decreases how many words I can write in a day, and it’s not a productive way to revise.
Such a writing style won’t get me far during NANO. To write 50,000 words in 30 days is about 1,667 words a day!
So, I’ve created 7 prompts to help me write seven days in a row. My purpose with each prompt will also be to forget everything but writing. To practice turning off that voice in my head that makes me want to stop and fix every little thing. That voice that questions if my commas are all in the right place. With these prompts, I plan to practice writing consistently and to write for speed. First, it’s all about getting the idea on paper. Improving the idea comes second.
Even if you don’t plan on participating in NANO, these prompts can be used to help you write more regularly and with greater speed.
7 Prompts to help you Practice Writing FASTER
Oct 25: Write a fight scene between sisters when one sister learns that the other borrowed her favorite shirt without asking.
Oct 26: Describe a sunset
Oct 27: Write a scene involving a car chase
Oct 28: Describe the smell of a movie theater
Oct 29: Write a scene in which a couple announces their engagement
Oct 30: Describe the feel of heat from a campfire
Oct 31: Write a scene where your main character goes to a Halloween costume party
Nov 1: Start writing your own story (LET NANO BEGIN!) ?
Where will each prompt lead you? How many words can you write? How quickly?
Feel free to jump in whenever you find this post. It can certainly be a helpful tool to practice writing faster whether or not you are participating in NANO. The dates are merely a helpful guide for those who are gearing up to write 50k words in November.
What helps you write consistently and write quickly? If you’re participating in NANOWRIMO, how do you plan to write 50k words in one month?