NaNoWriMo Writing Tips

Writers write alone, but we must not remain alone. We need each other. We need encouragement.

Here we are at the end of week one of this year’s NaNoWriMo — National Novel Writing Month. For my first six days, my word count was all about the story. Yesterday, I drifted. But I’m back on track again today. Here are some tips which I use to keep me going this month:

Tip #1 Bank your words. In other words, in the enthusiasm of the beginning of write more than the expected word count so you can later take off a day and not feel guilty about it.

Tip #2 Don’t write according to the 1,667 words per day, which is scary to think about, but write by scenes or chapters.

Tip #3 Use tools to keep you on task, like a timer set for 15 minutes during which you MUST write, or programs like Write or Die where your computer screen changes color, then blinks, then sounds off warning blares at you when your fingers aren’t typing away madly (http://writeordie.com/ ).

Tip #4 It’s okay to drift for a day or two. Take a writing break or better yet, write about something else. Give your brain a rest and then come back to your story.

Tip #5 Expect to write drek when you are attempting to pour out 1,167 words per day this month. Revisions come later. This is ONLY intended for the first awful draft.

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