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Clev: I don't know what kind of planning you prefer. Some people just write, some people vaguely outline (like me), and some people spend the entire month of October planning everything out.
This year, I had a document with my plans, and vague outlines about what I was going to write (by vague, I meant picture inspiration, because I was writing stuff based on pictures, but you don't have to do that). I also had wordcount goals for each chapter, so for this part I'd aim for about x number of words, and so on, and I made sure it all added up to 50K :)
For outline-wise, I mostly just summarized each chapter into what I wanted to happen in it. That way, you know what you're writing towards. (ex. Chap. 3 would say "A and B are reunited, and C looks for D" and stuff)
Preparation-wise, I'd say to make sure your schedule can fit an extra hour or two for writing. I remember I lost a lot of sleep during NaNo this year and last year, so you'll have to make sure your time management is good, especially around NaNo time. I might suggest cutting back on extracurriculars if you have any.
I also recommend doing Camp NaNo in April and June. Those are basically NaNoWriMos but you can pick your word total, so you don't have to be stressed out about such a big goal on your first try. It's really good practice, and it basically gives you an idea of what the real thing is like.
Writing-wise, I recommend to just write. IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE GOOD. I keep seeing all these MBers worrying about NaNoWriMo because ethey think their writing has to be good, but it doesn't You literally just have to word-vomit (as my friend called it). You can edit evrything later. If you want, I can show you what I wrote for NaNoWriMo, unedited. It's basically a lot of unneeded details but that's okay because you wrote 50K in a month and you should be proud. Don't worry about your writing quality, I think, is my number one rule for NaNoWriMo.
Motivation-wise, I didn't really need any. The NaNoWriMo page has a tracker that sets goals for you and it's quite good at making you write anyway. Usually, I make playlists with writing music, and I also spend a lot of time on Pinterest for visual ideas. Obviously your writing music should generally set the mood for your story, and the same thing goes with pictures.
If you need anything else, let me know!
ScarletActor: (read above)
Oh my gods I'm turning 15 this year THAT'S SO WEIRD TO SAY O_O_O_O_O_O