NaNoWriMo Writing Tips

By , November 14, 2014 9:55 am
  1. Stay Focused: The world is full of numerous distractions. Netflix, Facebook, Twitter are all tempting sources of entertainment, but you have to move away from those distractions. The month of November is a short 30 days, so make sure to use your time wisely. Lock you self away for an hour or two each day with no computers, smartphones, or tablets, and if you must, write your novel on paper.
  1. Pre-plan: When you know the month of November is approaching be sure to have your ideas ready and organized. The best way to pre-plan is by using an outline to highlight all the major characters, points, and themes you want to put in your novel. This is not cheating; think of it as a study tool for a very large, month long test that you know you can ace with a little beforehand practice.
  1. Overachieve: The word count goal is 50,000 words, which is approximately 200 pages of a single spaced novel. In order to reach this count in 30 days, it is suggested you write 1,667 words a day. However, daily life tends to get in way of this goal and sometimes you might not find the time to write. To ensure your success in the program, write more than the 1,667 words. In fact, write double if time allows—better to be safe than sorry.
  1. Connect with Others: There are thousands of people participating in NaNoWriMo, and the online forums are a perfect place to meet aspiring writers like yourself. Every writer struggles with the occasional writers block, but the online world allows you to find inspiration in other people rather than staring at your computer screen. Branch out, find people at your school or workplace that have or are participating in NaNoWriMo and ask them for advice. You can even participate in local writing competitions to see who can write the most words in one hour. Don’t be Emily Dickinson; make some connections and maybe even friendships.

  1. Editing What?: If you are looking for a program that will provide you with a perfect final draft, ready for a publishing house submission, this is not that kind of competition. NaNoWriMo helps those who can’t seem to find the time or the words to make a finalized novel. NaNoWriMo doesn’t expect you to write a grammatically correct or concrete piece in 30 days, so don’t worry about little mistakes. Focus on the bigger ideas; how does the plot flow? Or are the characters well developed? After November is over and you can finally breathe, then worry about perfecting the work.
  1. Stay True: NaNoWriMo can be a long and difficult process, but if you happen to lose your focus, get stuck, or whatever just ask yourself one question: “Who are you doing this for?” If you answer you, then keep pushing through. Expand your knowledge, get excited and creative with your writing, and most importantly remember that there is nothing more fulfilling than having your words written on the page.





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