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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!

Words:
Day Six-1000
Day Twelve-20000
Day Eighteen-30000
Day Twenty-four-40000
Day Thirty-50000

So in the end you should write approximately 1667 words a day.
Before anyone asks, yes, I have done nanowrimo before, and sometimes I win, and sometimes I do not: it all depends on the story.

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ARIEStheMAVERICK Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
seeing this inspires me. Great ideas u made!
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Yumiko-Shinobi Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! I take it you plan on doing a novel in a month like with nanowrimo? If so, good luck!!!
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ARIEStheMAVERICK Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanx
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CookiesForLyf Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
Cool. Maybe I should use some of these. I'm already over 14000 words in, but it's taken me a while. Probably because, between school, massive amounts of homework and (during the holidays) my parents leaving me lists of chores that take all day, as well as enforcing a bedtime (11pm, but still...) and occasionally banning my siblings and I from technology for the day, I don't have as much time as I would like. Especially not for my typing speed. And that's not even factoring in all the distractions. Sometimes I just blow off my homework so that I can write (shush, don't tell anyone). 
But I am resolved; I WILL finish this book before my next birthday! (which is a few months away, but still....)
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Yumiko-Shinobi Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Haha I know how you feel. At work, I am literally the last employee my boss has, so I am often working alone at a very fast pace. Because of that, by the time I get home, my brain is fried, and I often do not know what to do with the little free time I have.

I can tell you, though, it is possible! : ) You will get that novel done if you want it enough, which I can already tell you do. Just picture being able to have your book on a bookshelf, and keep going!

Good luck with your writing! 
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CookiesForLyf Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
Thanks :)
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Madness1997 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
Just to say I only have 13000 words and I have over 88 pages 50000 would be a rather tall order
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Madness1997 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
sorry for double submitting
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Madness1997 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
it has 10'061 words so far twelve  chapters and a page
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Madness1997 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
it has 10'061 words so far twelve  chapters and a page
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