You don’t have to be perfectly ready. You just need an idea. Worst case scenario you can research on the fly.
Hell 7 days to go and I have literally just thrown my idea onto the desk for when I have more time, and grabbed another one off the shelf. I’m not gonna lie, I may have thrown it in the air like one of those stereotypical Italian Pizzarias and my mind may have (metaphorically) exploded when I saw what fell into my hands.
A friend once wrote his story based on the roll of 8-sided dice… I’m the first to admit that I don’t really understand role-playing games, but I love the concept of your story changing on the roll of the dice.
You might have a note book full of bullet points and a character bible. You might not.
There’s more to being ready for NaNo than having an idea, and it doesn’t matter whether you’re a pantser or a planner. If you aren’t ready to sit down and write, you aren’t ready for NaNo. You can have all the ideas in the world, but you need to be ready to sit down and write it.
That’s what NaNo is.
It is the insane attempt to write a first draft of a novel in a mere 30 days.
We have school, and work, and family, not to mention other extra curricular activities; and yet for some strange reason, we have this compulsion to take November and make it ours alone. Just for writing. We can do it. If we want it enough. If we sit down and do it.
That’s one of the things about first year university papers, that is the same as NaNo. If you sit down and do the work – that’s all there is to it. Now I know that some of my Wrimos, and other Wrimos out there too, have never considered university (or college) to be a real option for them. And it may not be – skilled tradespeople are the framework upon which society stands, without them we wouldn’t be. But if you want to do NaNoWriMo, all you need to do, is sit down and write; all the words count.
I know you can do it! Because I know that you want it. From here it’s all you, but now you’re ready to sit down and write. And that’s how you win.