Thursday, October 25, 2012

NaNoWriMo Prayer Guide

November 1st is fast approaching and writers from all across the world are preparing to head into their writing caves for NaNoWriMo. The goal: crank out 50,000 words in 30 days.

We're fleshing out our characters, finalizing our plots, and cooking meals ahead of time to store in the freezer so our families don't go hungry (okay, that last one's a lie, but it's a good idea). But the most important thing we can do to prepare for a whole month of head-down writing is to pray.

I have a group of five friends who are my prayer warriors. They didn't really sign up for the job, but they got appointed whether they like it or not, and they'll be getting way too many messages from me over the next month. I can't possibly do NaNo without their prayers.

Here are the things I'm asking them to pray for:

  • God to release the story He wants me to tell and breathe life into it
  • Clarity in my plot - that I'll know how every aspect of the story fits together and where things should go
  • My characters to come to life on the page
  • Grace to fit this into my already busy life without my family feeling any negative effects
  • A supernatural ability to write powerful and effective words
  • At least 50,000 words (good words!) in the next 30 days
  • An extra super-duper overflowing dose of creativity
  • The voices of doubt and discouragement to be silenced
  • My internal editor/perfectionist to shut off completely
  • Rest in the midst of it all
  • Anything else the Lord tells them 

How about you? How do you prepare for an intense time of work (writing or otherwise)? What prayers would you add to the list? 


  1. Ooo, that pesky internal editor...that's the one that plagues me the most!

    Good luck! You're going to rock it, I just know!

    1. Thanks, Linds! Yes, the internal editor is not my friend during the first draft.

  2. These are so good! I especially like "God to release the story He wants me to tell and breathe life into it" and "The voices of doubt and discouragement to be silenced." I'm praying for you!

  3. I love how you put good first.

  4. Bad typo :) I love how you put God first!

  5. Oh, I love this, Susan. I'm not technically doing NaNo, but I've got my own intense goals for November. I'm praying for focus and clarity and vision. And also, for discipline. :) I love that you've assembled a prayer team. Love, love it!