Do you love books? I hope you do – especially if you are reading blog posts about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).
There are a million ways to prep for NaNoWriMo and stay within the contest rules. Some folks prepare for NaNoWriMo by creating detailed character biographies, complex world models, and flawless timelines in October. These are all useful. But when the Day 6 going gets tough, the tough search through their libraries for help.
This is to say that, so far, I love The Indie Author Power Pack, a (currently) $0.99 trio of helpful tomes by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant (co-authors of Write, Publish, Repeat), Joanna Penn (author of How to Market a Book), and David Gaughran (author of Let’s Get Digital). If you are aiming for your 1,667 words per day, leave Penn’s and Gaughran’s works for December 1, when NaNoWriMo is over. Instead, do a deep dive into WPR. Their sections on writing “beats” and figuring out the expectation of your reader center me.
Platt, Truant, and their partner David Wright produced a 75,000+ word novel in 30 days with the whole world (potentially) watching as part of a Kickstarter campaign. Fiction Unboxed was funded quickly. They began with no idea of their story, characters, or setting and had a marketable work up and running by day 30.
It gives one hope.