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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Down to the Last Minute!

Hey guys!! I would just like to wish everyone who is participating in NaNoWriMo good luck! I hope every single one of you reach your 50k word goal and beyond!

Tomorrow I will be exploring my National Novel Writing Month journey. I will discuss my ups and downs and my future plans for the amazing story I got out of it!

If you are need of some last minute inspiration feel free to browse my blog or to check out these posts:
Inspiration from Writers
Songs that Inspire
Tell Me This Story
Author Advice
NaNoWriMo Success Pt1
NaNoWriMo Success Pt 2

I hope you find some inspiration here! Good luck and I will see you on the other side!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Whoa... We're Half Way There...

So, tomorrow marks the halfway point of National Novel Writing Month. As of now I am at just a smidgen over 25,000 words and completely exhausted. So, I thought I would share some tips to keep you going.

Do you need to up your word count? You could start by adding extra scenes. Some of those extra scenes might feel like fluff but you never know when an extra scene will pull your story out of a rut. Here are some examples of scenes you could add:
  • A scene of dialog between the main protagonist and a small child. 
  • A scene where two characters have a drunk late night chat. This adds to the word count sufficiently as drunk people tend to repeat themselves and also have conversations that go in circles.
  • Have your character go into reflective mode. Did something major just happen to them? Have them think about it and its possible implications. 
  • Have a character avoid making a decision and have them argue about it instead. A good argument always ups your word count.
  • Add a sex scene or multiple. You can be extremely descriptive and come up with some creative blocking. 
Something else you have to do if you want to reach 50k words is to allow yourself to write some garbage. Tell your inner editor to take a break and just write.

I really hope that everyone is doing well on their NaNoWriMo mission!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Quick NaNoWriMo Reminders

Happy first day of National Novel Writing Month! Good luck on your novel. I just have a few last minute tips and reminders for you:
  1. Save your work every 30 minutes. You never know when you will lose power or when some other disaster could strike, so saving you work constantly will keep you from losing your hard work.
  2. Update you word count on NaNoWriMo daily. Why? Because your choice of word processor might have a different count than NaNo's website. Validating it daily will help keep you on track. (You can even update multiple times per day.)
  3. Sleep. Get some sleep. Sleep will make you sharper and a better writer.
  4. Have fun and enjoy yourself!
Good luck guys!! I hope each and every one of you reach your goals.