50,000 words is a lot to write in 30 days and fluffing up you novel with unnecessary words isn't cheating when it comes to National Novel Writing month. I would only use these tips if you are a little shy of your goal and not throughout the whole process. (Remember, this draft is going to be super rough and you can always edit once November is over.)
Tip 1: Do not use contractions. Won't becomes will not, shouldn't becomes should not, and we'll becomes we will. This is guaranteed to add to your word count.
Tip 2: Use chapter titles (this is one that works even after NaNoWriMo is over because you may grow to like them.) Using chapter titles can add quite a bit to your word count.
Tip 3: Add a dream or flashback (this is also one you might end up keeping during the editing process.) Dreams and flashbacks can add a lot of words and also add a lot to your story.
Tip 4: Become a maximalist! Describe everything down to its last detail. Think Johnathan Franzen.
Tip 5: Use wordy phrases instead of the shorter alternative.
- The reason why is that instead of because.
- He is a man who instead of he.
- A great number of times instead of often.
- At some future date instead of later.
- Despite the fact that instead of although.
- At the end of the line instead of last.
I hope these tips help you on your NaNoWriMo journey. Tomorrow's post will be a surprise. Have a great day!