So you want to write a novel in a month? Well its not impossible. Many great authors have done it, and you can too. Its hard at some points and might make you want to give up, but don't. It will be worth it to be able to tell your friends and family "I wrote a novel."
You are all probably familiar with Nanowrimo, right? If not, its a month where thousands of people try write a book within that time limit, but national writers month is not the only month where this can happen. However, if you are using November a a date to start, here is a quick guide to get ready:
Research, Research, Research!
So you know what time period you want to write in? Then research like crazy! Research clothes, vehicles, horses, weapons, anything and everything that could or might end up in your story. This way you can write confidently/help yourself fall better into the story. Trying to research is a quick way to end up surfing the web, so get all your research done before writing, and ban yourself from it during it.
Example: is your novel about a medieval times fantasy? If so, you may need to base it on a time period in a specific place. I know you are trying to make your own world, but researching on a place that actually was wifely help narrow your research greatly. After that, look up what foods were available at that time, what clothes people wore, and what buildings were considered the strongest, and so on. Once you can vividly picture what it was like to live in those times, that means you have a good base structure to build your world upon.
I have done quite a lot of research on Victorian and medieval settings, so if you are writing either of these, let me know and I can link you to some resources to jump-start your research.
Know Your Characters!
Figure out everything possible about your characters that you can. Help yourself fit into their shoes and make them come to life. Fill out character creation forms, write "what-if" situations, and draw them several times. When done, you should know exactly how your character would act no matter how embarrassing or scary the situation is.
Discover Your Second Home!
Every story has to start off somewhere, right? Well draw it, map it, do whatever you can to help you make it come real before your eyes. Does your made-up land remind you of somewhere? If so, find lots of pictures, watch videos, and do whatever you can to immerse yourself in it.
The website Pintrest is a great help for world building. I suggest creating a board on it for your world, and filling the board with imagery that reminds you of your world. This way, if you ever get stuck, you can revisit the board to help inspire you again.
Start Thinking About Your Story!
Know the basics of your plot line. No, you do not need to plan the whole thing, but many authors who plan very little do find themselves lost in writers block later.
Also, how are you going to start your story? Are you going to write the last chapter first? Start slow? It is all up to you, but thinking about it before hand can help get your inspiration bubbling.
Tie Up Your Loose Ends!
Make sure you have everything you need, make sure your house is clean and any work is done, and maybe even make a playlist of soundtracks to write to.
For extra motivation, find yourself a treat (movie, candy, fruit, whatever) that you can ONLY let yourself have after you have met that word count goal.
After that its all up to you. Write write write and reach your goal!
So in the end you should write approximately 1667 words a day.