Sure, it's Halloween, and you are likely focused on running to the store to get candy at the last minute (like us) or maybe your kid just realized that he/she wants to go trick-or-treating and now you have to come up with a costume. (And no, it doesn't count if you dress the kid normally and have him or her go as a colossal disappointment.)

Or if you live around DC, you are likely celebrating the Nats winning the World Series. If you live in Baltimore, you are just angrily cursing Orioles' ownership as you drive through gunfire on the way to work. But I digress.

None of that matters because tomorrow is NaNoWriMo!!! 30 days of caffeine-fueled creativity and fun! Before you dive headlong into the zaniness, some more helpful ideas:

  • If you don't have at least a basic idea of a main character, do that. Often, a character will take a story in a different direction than you intended anyway.
  • Think of the kind of book that you like to read. Adventure? Thriller? Whatever you like, set out to write that kind of book. At worst, at the end of the month, you will have a book that you will like to read.
  • Figure out (roughly) what time of day you want to do your NaNo writing. Some people have a chunk of time that they devote to it and heaven help anyone or anything that disturbs that. If that kind of structure helps you, then do that. If all you need to know is that you want to write a little in the morning before heading off to work, then the rest after dinner, then structure your writing day like that. However, it's almost certain that if you don't plan, you won't write, at all.