How to Avoid Freaking Out During NaNoWriMo

Ah, fall…my favorite season. It is around this time each year that I find myself participating in a few of the essential autumn activities—apple picking, pumpkin carving, and freaking out because I am not ready for NaNoWriMo! In all likelihood, you have also participated in one or more of these activities yourself, but today I’d like for us to focus our attention on freaking out, and why you don’t have to.nanoannouncement

First, Freaking Out

NaNoWriMo has become a staple event among writers, so I need not explain it to you here. An entire website has been dedicated to it (check it out). During the month of November (aka National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo) we all relinquish a hefty portion of our sanity in order that we might have the chance to maybe crank out a 50,000-word novel (if we’re lucky). Thankfully, the Kingdom Pen Community and Staff are here to help you eliminate the italicized words in the previous sentence and retain that robust sanity you’ve built up since the last NaNoWriMo.

Next, Not Freaking Out

The key to beating freaking out is preparation, and Kingdom Pen has numerous ways to aid you with that:

Reserve Your Spot in Our Free Webinar | Friday, October 28th at 8:00 p.m. EST
Josiah DeGraaf (KP’s Editor-in-Chief) and Sarah Spradlin (KP’s Director of Community Happiness) will be presenting on the secret to unlocking your writing success through NaNoWriMo. This is your chance to get hyped so you can enter NaNoWriMo with guns-a-blazing, dropping words like flies, and taking names (to use for your characters, of course). Also, bring lots of questions for the Q&A.

Get Access to Our Daily E-mail List | Starts November 1st
These e-mails will provide daily encouragement specifically focused to help you succeed at NaNoWriMo. I’m not saying that magical rainbows of inspiration will explode from your screen and slap you across the face with a great idea, but who knows! Only fourteen ways to find out, the easiest and most legal of which is to subscribe and see what happens.

NaNoWriMo e-book | Release Date Coming Soon!
Think of the e-book as your friendly NaNoWriMo daily devotional. You will get succinct writing prompts, advice, strategies, and weekly prompts that will keep you focused on Christ so you can continue to write for the Kingdom.

Stay Engaged | Forum, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram
Let’s face it. No, turn around. I was typing metaphorically. Stop literally staring at “it.” Anyway, we all know that you get distracted easily (staring at “it” is a case in point, so stop “it”!). Distraction for you probably involves surfing the Internet while NOT WRITING. Since we realize you need to take a break occasionally, we offer a productive break. You can head onto our social media platforms to get some much-needed encouragement between churning out your buttery sentences.

Lastly, True Peace

As you can see, there are several resources you can use to help you NOT freak out. But the most important thing is to spend time in prayer and in the Word. Remember the words of Paul:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. …What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:6-7,9).

This can be a nerve-racking time, but it can also be a time of great discipline, devoting your gifts to the Lord, and finding your peace in Him. As you embark on this journey into storytelling, I encourage you to keep the greatest story of all time close at hand so you can spend time writing His Word on your heart.

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Michael Stanton has had what he describes as a scatterbrained adventure of a life that has recently led him to working at Kingdom Pen. When he wasn’t teaching underprivileged children in Uganda and rafting on the White Nile, he was either in Canada’s capital city studying the history of Christianity or in Michigan learning how to make films. Originally from Banner Elk, North Carolina, Michael grew up homeschooled and surrounded by the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains. Those mountains inspired Michael’s love of writing (and, let’s face it, the Lord of the Ringsmovies also helped). Many years and adventures later, Michael found himself getting a marketing degree, and low and behold, Kingdom Pen was in need of a Marketing Director. What are the odds that God didn’t see that coming? All divine providence allusions aside, Michael is super excited to get to work in an organization that so closely matches his desires to see more quality content streaming from the minds and hearts of his fellow Christians.
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  1. Haha! I love this announcement post. Props to our new marketing director Michael. *provides the many thumbs up* Can’t wait to “meet” many of you at the webinar Friday! 😀 😀 😀 Also, do all those other things. They’re cool. The emails, especially. *definitely not biased at all on the emails* *at all*

    And, of course, if any of y’all have questions about what is happening when, feel free to email us at! 🙂

  2. Wow, thanks, Michael, for the great article and the great advise about NaNoWriMo! I had originally thought that I wouldn’t do NaNoWriMo this year…but now I’m reconsidering. 😀

    • Glad to hear that, Greta! Please feel free to discuss Nano with me further so I can try to get you to jump in! There were some other Nano prep ideas that didn’t make it into the article.

  3. Yay! I’m quite excited for the webinar and everything else that all the awesome Kingdom Pen staff are working on! Thanks for the article Michael!

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