Ready, Set, NanoWriMo

The secret to winning National Novel Writing Month is rewarding yourself, four-time winner Aladdin Steiman-Cameron, above left, told attendees at the Long Beach Literary Arts Center's NaNoWriMo Preparation Workshop at the Long Beach Main Library on Oct. 20.

To "win" NaNoWriMo, you must write 50,000 words between Nov. 1 and 30. That amounts to about 1,650 words each day. You can keep up your momentum by attending NaNoWriMo kickoff potlucks, write-ins, and other events; finding Writing Buddies; or doing Word Sprints to ease writers' block.

But as the month wears on, burnout inevitably sneaks in. That's when it's important to implement a reward system, says Steiman-Cameron. Be it chocolate, coffee, a walk or a few minutes on social media, you should reward yourself after completing your daily word count. The NaNoWriMo website has a word counter and a graph so you can track your daily word counts.

Are you interested in participating in NaNoWriMo this year? Set up a profile on the NaNoWriMo website and check out events in your region. (10/20/18)

--Margo McCall