NaNoWriMo Starts Tomorrow. Strap On Your Bionic Typing Hands.

The goal of National Novel Writing Month is to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Which sounds like a lot, but it's not.

50,000 words over 30 days is about 1,700 a day, which (if you're staying on track) should take you about two hours.

I'll be participating this year for the second time. I previously "won" NaNoWriMo back in 2009 whilst taking care of my 15-month-old son and my 3-month-old niece. I wrote during nap time. I wrote in the evenings before plopping down in front of the TV. I wrote many, many words on the weekends when my husband was around to watch the boy.

This time around I have a 4-year-old who no longer naps (but does occupy himself with "quiet time" for circa 90 minutes a day) and a 22-month-old who does. I have an outline and note cards and a special notebook dedicated to my contemporary YA novel, which has become known affectionately as "Tinka Tailor Soldier Spy."

Best of all, I have Scrivener, this sexy writing software that organizes all of your thoughts, saves everything you delete, and keeps a running tab on your word count for the day. Give me nap time and give me Scrivener and there is nothing I cannot do.

Are you planning on participating in NaNoWriMo? Have you done it before? Have you planned your novel like a fiend, or have you planned to wing it? What are  your tricks and tips for surviving the month?

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