NaNo Tip #1: The Kickoff Party


It’s me.  Sort of alive and everything!  (How about that?)

Basically, college has been a bear and growing up is hard and all the usual things that you hear when someone announces that they’re shutting their blog down.



What I am doing is thrashing around aimlessly under a massive stack of homework assignments and KP writing team duties all the while just wishing the Broncos could up and win a football game.  (Yeah, I know I could be waiting for a while.)

SO, my original plan (as of a few days ago) was to just wait out the school year, get some posts written up and ready to deploy over the break, and bring this thing back to life for the Spring semester.  But I’d forgotten about something:


Yeah, it’s kind of a big deal for us writer people and it completely slipped off my calendar.  Oops.  But have no fear, I’m not going to leave you to fend for yourself through this trying (but also fantastic) month.  So here’s the new plan.  Over the next month, at least once a week and maybe more, I’ll be popping up here to offer encouragement, a NaNo survival tip, and another email in your inbox distracting you from the writing you should be doing.  (Apologies in advance.)

For the most part, my tips will revolve around one central theme: making NaNo fun.  NaNoWriMo lasts a month.  If you can’t enjoy it, you’re not going to make it.  (At the very least, you won’t be sane when the calendar flips over to December.)


(Sorry, I got distracted.)

That’s the plan.  Quick and dirty tips to make NaNo fun.  And now, without further ado, let’s get started.

TIP #1: Kickoff party

If you’re reading this in November 2017, you’re too late.


This tip is about tonight.

NaNo is only 30 days long.  By the time it’s over, you’ll be wishing you had a few more days to make up for lost ground.  You can’t make time up like that.

But you can start early.

If you’re like me, you’ll probably be up tonight around midnight when NaNo technically starts.  Sit down, get organized, start typing.  Throw down a few hundred words.  Maybe a thousand.  Maybe two.  Do what you can and then go to bed.  In the morning you’ll wake up with the same 30 days to write, but you’ll have 29 days’ worth of work.  This is your only chance to add to your NaNo count without watching your days-left meter drip away.  Take advantage of it.

OKAY, but I promised that I would be talking about fun things, and staying up until midnight to work doesn’t sound fun, does it?  (Well… actually it kind of does when we’re talking about writing, but that’s beside the point.)

The fun part of this midnight trip to the NaNo realm is the party you’re going to throw.  You may be the only one up when midnight rolls around, so you can get away with anything.  Get some junk food, a pair of headphones, change into your pajamas or maybe your main character’s costume (which you may have on already.)  You know what you enjoy, work that into your kickoff party.  If you’re NaNoing with siblings, or someone else who is going to kick the season off with you, plan to start playing your favorite game at 11 or pop in your favorite movie at 10.

Whatever you have to do, get started with a smile.

Writing is fun.

NaNo is fun.

Parties are fun.

Forth Eorlingas.


Photo: Party Time, Lennart Tange, CC BY 2.0;

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Raised on C.S. Lewis and matured (to whatever extent) on Tolkien, Brandon Miller is a huge fan of Christian speculative fiction. His favorite stories artfully bend the physical reality to reveal spiritual realities which apply to all realms, kingdoms, districts and solar systems (including our own.)
When not writing fiction Brandon spends his time tending his blog The Woodland Quill, sportsing, or just struggling through that last-year-of-high-school/first-year-of-college which is really neither but is definitely both.


  1. J.A.Penrose November 2, 2017 at 4:30 AM - Reply

    YES! I love staying up until midnight to write! I didn’t get to this time… exams and all… but y’know!

    And yay! I have something to look forward to this month when I’m sick of my characters being disobedient.

    • Brandon November 2, 2017 at 9:53 AM Reply

      Midnight parties are the bomb! Exams… Not so much. Hope they went well!

  2. Rolena Hatfield October 31, 2017 at 8:48 PM - Reply

    Wait. Tomorrow’s November 1st?! *checkscalendar* *headdesk* Well, at least I’m not too late to throw a party.

  3. Shaina October 31, 2017 at 1:35 PM - Reply

    Yay! You’re back! I can’t wait for the Nano posts!

    • Brandon October 31, 2017 at 2:33 PM Reply

      Thanks for your enthusiasm! It’s good to be home.

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