AYESHA HASHMI

May 8th 2015

Camp NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, is an online “camp” that allows people to get together and go on a daily writing marathon for the entire month of July. These dedicated people work towards writing 10,000 to 1,000,000 words. Camp NaNoWriMo is a camp for anyone who has interest in writing and values it. It is a non-profit organization, a more relaxed version of the original NaNoWriMo, that believes in everyone’s writing abilities. Writing during a writing marathon can be difficult considering the amount of ideas that might be needed to fit the timely deadline that is given. Here are some tips to express your words with pleasure and to improve your writing.

  1. Find Inspiration: Inspiration can be found anywhere and everywhere. Everywhere you go and everything you do can be used to inspire you to write and develop your ideas. For example, as you do homework, ask yourself about 10 reasons why homework will improve your writing skills. Also, continue reading things you like to give you inspiration.
  2. Practise Writing for Fun: Writing when you have to for an assignment or project, will keep your limit your ideas. Writing for fun will give you new ideas and help you engage yourself with writing. A fun way of writing for fun is by challenging yourself: take a blank piece of paper and set a timer for about 5 minutes. Then write before the timer goes off without stopping. It might be hard at first, but it’ll become much easier as it becomes a daily activity.
  3. Meditate to Prepare Your Mind: In a quiet and calm room, ideas decide to come out at best! Try to begin your writing pieces by mediating for about 5 minutes to relax your brain and calm your nerves. This will help you start writing with a fresh mind. Sit straight and relax. Concentrate on your breath and notice the sounds around you. This short period of meditation will make you feel alive and help you regain your creativity.
  4. Take Jot Notes: Always keep an extra piece of paper with you just in case you want to start with brainstorming ideas or remember ideas that you come up with. When you began writing and an idea blindly pops into your brain, quickly jot it down. (A dream diary is not a bad idea, either.)
  5. Create an Appealing Intro: When someone reads your work, you want to get their attention. It is important to make the intro catchy and interesting. But, for best results it should be written last so you can and get the content written first.
  6. Edit: Re-read every sentence carefully and look for mistakes. (Remember, during NaNoWriMo, you may not have time to edit, so it’s okay to skip this step. Writing is the important part!)

It can be difficult to write something lengthy while under pressure, but remember that when you put your heart to it, writing can be easy and fun!