The first day of November marks the beginning of National Novel Writing Month, otherwise known as NaNoWriMo, which is a month-long writing project where participants aim to write a novel of at least 50,000 words by Nov. 30.

The yearly event started in 1999 and hundreds of thousands of people take part in it every year. Some partakers share their works-in-progress during November on the NaNoWriMo site, some keep it completely to themselves until the month is over and others share their updating novels on Wattpad, an online story-sharing platform.

In honor of NaNoWriMo arriving very shortly, International Business Times asked two successful Wattpad and published authors, Beth Reekles and Lindsey Summers, who have effectively completed the month-long project in the past, to share their best tips.

5158937321_a062841b50_b Flickr user mpclemens posted a photo from working on a past NaNoWriMo project.

Take in all of these NaNoWriMo and overall writing tips and then get ready to start your own project come Nov. 1, 2017.

1. Write the kind of book you want to read.

Reekles suggests writing a novel with the “kind of characters, the kind of storyline, the kind of themes that you want to be reading about” because it’ll be easier to work on something that you truly enjoy.

“You’ll find that it just starts to flow when it’s something that you're really excited to write about and you’re passionate about,” she said to IBT. 

2. Spend a little bit of time planning it all out before you start.

“I definitely planned out more so than I ever did with ‘The Cell Phone Swap,’” Summers, who completed her novel “Honor Among Friends” during NaNoWriMo, said. “I made sure I knew who my characters were and everything was really tight to the plotline.”

3. Focus on getting something down on the page, anything.

“In terms of actually writing it, especially if it is your first book, just get something on the page, even if you delete it all or if you change it all,” Reekles, author of “The Kissing Booth,” said. “The worst bit is getting yourself up to write it, but once you get started, it’s so much easier.”

Summers echoed that notion, saying, “Really just getting your words on the page is the number one priority.”

4. Don’t worry about writing perfectly.

“I found myself stressed out a lot because I felt I had to get every scene perfect, everything right the first time,” Summers said of her time working on the month-long project.

The “Textrovert” author said that she plans to participate in the event again this year, but has learned from her mistakes and will not worry so much about getting everything perfect the first time around.

“It’s really going to be about remembering this is a rough draft, it’s just the bones of the book,” she said.

If you’re having “trouble with a scene or even a sentence, just leave it and move on,” she suggested, but don’t forget to put an asterisk next to the part, so you don’t forget to go back.

5. If you lose motivation, remind yourself of how far you’ve come.

“I was so excited for the book and the storyline intrigued me so much that when I did feel defeated or I didn’t want to write a particular day, I would just go through my story and be like, ‘Oh yeah, I want to write about this and I want to write about that,’” Summers said.

In order to keep yourself motivated, she says you just have to make sure you’re truly passionate about the story you’re writing.

6. Prepare to feel proud, but exhausted, when it’s all over.

“It’s one of the hardest months you’ll have writing and you’ll feel exhausted afterwards, but it’s so rewarding,” Reekles said. “I did my second novel, ‘Rolling Dice,’ I wrote that as part of NaNoWriMo and it had been something I’d been excited to write for a while and once November hit, I was so into it and then I couldn’t write for two months afterwards, but I was so proud of myself that I had done it.”

NaNoWriMo begins Nov. 1 and those who would like to officially participate can sign up on the event’s site here.