Yes. It’s November again, the time of year where some of your writer friends disappear in order to hash out 50,000 words in 30 days. Other friends might be growing facial hair to promote awareness of prostate cancer and male mental health initiatives. Some rare people might be doing both!

If you are doing NaNoWriMo this month, it’s a fun, frenetic, sometimes hair-pulling time. Some people have their stories all planned out (planners). Some write entirely by the seat of their pants (pantsers).  Here’s my process.

Though NaNoWriMo is mostly about speed writing, some go back and revise as they write, which can slow you down. Others write in spurts or participate in #wordwars on twitter, competing against other writers to see how many words they can write in a certain amount of time.

I’ve found that every writer has his or her own way to survive NaNoWriMo. It’s as individual as each writer’s process.

Just for fun, here’s a link to thirty tips from last year’s event:

What are some tips you have for not just surviving but thriving during this month of literary abandon? And are any of you growing facial hair while you write?


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