As November 1st approaches (only nine days left!) there’s a task we haven’t covered, an important one.
We’ve had a few weeks to reflect on our plans for NaNo: Mountie Edition. Many of us have pretty firmly decided what we’ll do, and began making outlines, creating characters, and worldbuilding. For those of us who are partaking in NaNo in an unconventional way (crafts, poetry, writing a solo album), we’ve made plans for how we will mark our progress (a topic I’ll cover in another post later this week, I haven’t forgotten you).
But there’s one teeny detail I’ve left out: announcing our novels/projects for NaNoWriMo.
On the official NaNoWriMo website, your profile offers all kinds of neat features. Tracking your word count, overall progress, words-per-day needed to complete your goals, and other cool stats are available to you as you tackle the 30-day challenge. You can earn cool badges as you hit milestones. The website is also how you will verify your word count (a topic we will cover later). But in order to do this, you must first announce your NaNo novel.
The point of announcing your novel is simple: You can’t win what you don’t begin. I will be putting together some things for the Mounties to track progress, comment and encourage one another, and ask for help here on the forum, so if you really don’t want to go through the official process, that’s up to you.
But, if you do, you start by logging in at NaNoWriMo.org From your dashboard, there should be a banner that says “Announce your new novel!” There will be a link at the bottom right of the banner reading “create your novel.”
(Or, you can just click this link and it’ll take you right there.)
On the ‘Create Novel’ page, you select the date of your participation session (November 2017), provide a working title of your novel, and choose the genre if you know it. There is also space to upload cover art for your story, and write a synopsis and short excerpt. None of these are required, and you can always go back and add/change them later, if you’d like.
Keep an eye out later this week for some worksheets for our non-con participants to announce and track their NaNo projects.
Hope everyone has an awesome week!