13 NaNoWriMo Alternatives For Writers and Bloggers
There are two options for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) – either take part in the challenge to write a novel in 30 days (joining the community, cheering others on, and generally feeling like a badass), or feel left out and watch from the side lines.
Unfortunately, I’ve been all about the latter for the past couple of years. The timing’s just never been right. As much as I’d love to try and write another novel in a month, I need to focus on editing the one I’ve already written. Y’know, the horrible boring bit. But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to commit to writing.
So if, like me, you want to do something productive this November (and not hide under a rock until NaNoWriMo blows over), here are a few alternatives:
1. Polish your work in progress.
2. Dig out an old forgotten project and inject it with new life.
3. Write 100 words a day. No exceptions. (These prompts might help.)
4. Turn your 100 words a day into one Flash Fiction story a week.
5. Start a blog. Got one? Plan a month’s worth of blog posts.
6. Tackle your To Be Read list. How many books can you read in a month, two, four, six?
7. Review the books you read.
8. Pen a letter to a new friend every day. Send them by snail mail.
9. Write thank you notes.
10. Reach out to a blogger or writer you love and tell them why they’re awesome.
11. Write in-depth bios for your main characters. Figure out who they are and what they would and wouldn’t do.
12. With that in mind, rewrite the first page of your favourite novel from your character’s point of view.
12. Then write some straight-up fan fiction. No judgment, it’s honestly so, so gratifying.
13. Start a gratitude journal and write in it every day.
Any to add? Let me know and make sure you share your #AlternativeNaNoWriMo successes this month!