How To NaNoWriMo

Okay so based on the title, you might be expecting a tutorial on how to do/win NaNoWriMo. That’s not what this is, like, at all. Each person does NaNo differently I don’t think there is any “one real way” to win. Winning is subjective anyway.


Okay, no more tangents. Back on topic here. How To NaNoWriMo. While the purpose of NaNo isn’t winning, it’s about getting the words out, sometimes you need some advice on the best way to get the words out. Maybe what you’ve tried before hasn’t worked out or maybe you want to change it up. No shame in either.


So, you may not know this but in the NaNo ‘verse, there are three main types of participants. It may sound weird to have such a small number of “types” but it’s pretty true from my experience. So what are the three types? Planners, plantsers, and pantsers. I’m aware the last two sound crazy but let me explain.


Let’s start with Planners. Planners are those special little ducklings that can write down a full outline, synopsis, character breakdowns, everything before they start writing. They plan basically everything. Or at least way more than other WriMos. I personally can’t do that so more power to the people that can. The dedication is real.


Next up, Plantsers. It sounds the craziest because it’s not even close to a word. But this is a hybrid of planners and Pantsers. But plantsers tend to plan just a few things. Personally, I have a pretty generic idea of what’s going to happen but don’t make any notes, even if I think of other details. I start from the generic idea on day one and just fly by the seat of my pants.


Other Plantsers (like HGL, for example) might do more, others might do even a little less. Some start with just a character and let them decide what’s going to happen based on that. This method can be exciting but stressful. But it’s a good compromise between the other two types.


Pantsters fly by the seat of their pants. No, really, that’s how they got the name. At least to my knowledge, at least. Anyway. Pantsers are the impulsive participants that have no idea what’s going on, it’s just going starting at 00:00:01 November first.


So those are the three main types of NaNo participants. If you think one sounds like what you want to do, go for it. Like I said before, there is no one true way to win NaNo. Some people in the region thrive doing planning, others like flying by the seat of their pants.


If you still aren’t sure which type of writer you are or want to be this year, consider trying something you haven’t tried before. I found out after a lot of trial and error that my best years were when I was plantsing. But that may not be the answer for everyone.

But no matter what type of WriMo you are, I wish you the best and may the words be ever in your favor. Or other clever pop culture reference outro here.




NaNoWriMo 2018 Season is Here!

Welcome to the first week of October, Wrimos!


As many of you know this is the time of year where many of us begin to hope for fall weather changes, pumpkin spice everything, Halloween decorations, and how much candy we can consume before we feel sick. Of course, if you are familiar with National Novel Writing Month then there is one other thing you begin to do this month…


You stress out because NaNoWriMo is coming!


If you are like me then October hits you like a ton of bricks every single year. You start to sweat profusely, panic about the lack of ideas or the abundance of ideas that you have in your head, swear a little if you’re so inclined, and wonder how this year you will silence your inner editor who has been ripping apart all of your more recent work over the last few months.


Want to know a little secret, though?


You have time.


Believe it or not, you have time to get your writerly mess of a life together and ready to go on November 1st. There are 31 days in October before we hit midnight and we are off writing as if our lives depended on it. If you are a pantser you know the drill: Ignore every little inkling of your brain telling you that you aren’t ready to write something you don’t know anything about, and just hit the pavement when the clock strikes midnight.


If you are a planner, it’s simple: Give yourself just enough time (Chris Baty suggests a week) to plan what needs to be put on paper, and let your imagination and determination do the rest.


The point of NaNoWriMo isn’t to make the next bestselling book, after all. The point is simply to write; to get your ideas on paper as quickly as possible and to get out of your comfort zone a little. So banish that inner editor of yours, and while you’re at it tell it to take the stress with it. October is full of promise and full of ideas just ripe for the picking. So take one, and mold that idea into something that – come November – you will be ready and excited to write! I know this year will be amazing, and I cannot wait to see what November has in store for all of us.


This is Brooke Wheeler, over and out! Write on, Wrimos!

Guest post to the NaNoMemphis Blog by one of our Awesome Wrimos! Check Brooke out on Facebook, Twitter, and Her Blog!


But, this is a good thing!

We’ve taken on a Regional Word War, and our opponent is HUNGARY.

If you have no idea what this is, here’s a quick rundown of what a Regional Word War is:

A Regional Word War is a challenge between two NaNoWriMo regions, in this case: Memphis and Hungary. Over the course of the month, the two regions post threads and challenges between themselves. They also agree upon how the final victory will be determined.

In the case of the Memphis v. Hungary war, the final victory will be decided by overall word count of the region. If you’re wondering how up-to date the regional word count bar is, I can go ahead and tell you that it’s only updated maybe once every 6 hours or so. The bar graphs on participant pages are updated every time someone updates their word count, so that’s where to check to see what the score currently is.

May your words be with you!

MLHGL made a mistake!

And I let a blog post go out that was only 70% done. I’M SO SORRY.

Which post? The one about IDENTIFYING WRIMOS.

What did I forget? I forgot to tell you how to identify MLkitkatt.

How did I forget? Because I thought kitkatt might change her identifier, and on one hand I was right, but at the same time I was also wrong. And I didn’t put any info in the box as a placeholder.  And when she told me what to tell you, the newcomer, to use to identify her, I didn’t immediately go and update the information.


MLHGL: really dark hair with a chunk of blue at her forehead. Red mouse, nano stickers on her laptop. *does not* have her face as her nano avatar.
MLkitkatt: Blue hibiscus flower tattoo’d on her right wrist. Usually has her face as her nano avatar.


This one is mostly for the newcomers! (If you’ve been around for at least a year, you’ve probably met at least one of the MLs and can pick them out of a crowd.)

But, if you’re new…. How do you identify the huddle of NaNoWriMo participants?

Generally, there’s a laptop for every person present. Occasionally, there might be one or two who don’t have one. A few participants have NaNoWriMo stickers on the lids of their laptops. (MLHGL is one, there are a few other WriMos who stick stickers on everything.)

MLHGL also has the great fun of having a chunk of blue in her hair, a bright red mouse and stickers on her laptop. (There’s a good chance of plush penguins too.)

MLkitkatt  ((((( HGL MADE A MISTAKE. OOPS )))))