NaNoWriMo-National Novel Writing Month: Tips n Tricks

National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo for short is just around the corner. Have you ever wanted to write a novel? Didn’t think you had time or energy? Or have you participated and won?

laptop, folders, ice tea

Either way, here are some tricks to think about if you want to give it a try (or another). Bev, Pat, Susan and I all have participated in the past and we urged/inspired each other to make it to the end.

NaNoWriMo is the only reason I have a finished/published novel. I wrote the bulk of Cookie Encounter during the ’07 NaNo, and worked on it/edited it on and off for 8 years before I decided to indie publish. NaNo can work for you as well. Here are some tricks to help you reach the 50k mark.

NaNoWriMo tricks:

skip ahead

write a scene that comes easily (like an argument or tense scene)

remember this is a first draft-anything goes

do not edit, just keep the words coming

invent a new character with quirks or strong opinions and throw him in the mix

find writers locally and attend ‘write ins’ with them

with online writer friends, set a challenge with them, for either word counts or a specific item or character to add to your novel in progress

don’t worry if you don’t have any ideas on November 1st; I didn’t, and wrote anyway

tell friends/family you are setting aside your novel-writing time; schedule it and keep to it

celebrate when you finish (or however much you accomplished), it is still more than you had on Oct. 31

For a previous post on NaNo, click here.

Are you going to participate in NaNoWriMo this year? Share with us your progress! We’d love to hear from you!

Happy writing!





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