Are you participating in NaNoWriMo, the burn-the-midnight-oil attempt to write a novel in just one month?
If you write fiction, and you’re madly writing enough words each day to reach your 50,000-word NaNoWriMo goal, kudos to you!
But guess what? (You knew that was coming, right?)
If you’re not talking about NaNoWriMo with your readers, you’re missing out on a great opportunity.
If you’re a NaNoWriMo aficionado, now is the time to start promoting your next bestseller.
Here are my suggestions.
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How to Talk about NaNoWriMo on Social Media
Talk about your NaNoWriMo effort.
- Explain what NaNoWriMo is to your readers.
- Share your daily word length.
- Show images of where you’re writing today.
- Share images of your NaNoWriMo writing group.
- Take selfies to express how you feel: exhilarated, tired, frustrated, sad, sleep-deprived, etc.
- Show your laptop, desktop or pen and pad you’re using for your writing marathon.
- Talk about your frustrations.
- Celebrate your successes.
- Show examples of grids, outlines or Post-Its you’re using to guide your writing.
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You can also use social media to ask for help.
- Ask your readers for help naming your characters.
- Ask your readers for help naming pets in your novel.
- Further down the line, when NaNoWriMo is a memory, ask your readers for help in selecting a cover for the book.
Use Hashtags to Talk and Commiserate with Other Authors
Use social media to support other authors engaging in NaNoWriMo also. Use these hashtags to seek and lend support.
- #NaNoWriMoTip or #NaNoWriMoTips
- #writetips or #writingtips
Don’t forget to blog about your experience. Share with your readers your motivation for joining the annual writing endurance test, insights from each day, how you overcome obstacles, and your objective for taking part in NaNoWriMo.
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It’s always a good idea to prepare your audience for your next book and NaNoWriMo, which is such a rich time, is the perfect opportunity to do this.
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About the Author: I’m Frances Caballo, an author, podcaster and social media strategist and manager for writers. I’m a regular speaker at the San Francisco Writers Conference and have written four books including, Twitter Just for Writers, which is available for free here on my website. My focus is on helping authors surmount the barriers that keep them from flourishing online, building their platform, finding new readers, and selling more books. My clients include authors of every genre and writer conferences. You’ll find me every day on Twitter.