Are You NaNoing This Year?

NaNoWriMo is upon us, and I havent’ even gotten started yet. I needed to finish the final read on my current WIP, and–yay to me–finished this morning! I can now hand it off to beta readers and only hope for the best.  It’s hard to believe I started this story two years ago during NaNo. It’s went through many revisions and is no longer the same story it was. It’s a bit scary handing if off, though. I’ve put a lot into it and I can only hope those who read it see that.

Now, for this year I’m going to start on book 2. Finally! I’m tired of working on book 1 and want to start something new and fresh. I’ve got the opening scene in my mind but haven’t yet written it down. I also need to plan it out. I know, I’m getting a late start, but hopefully this weekend I’ll get caught up.

For those of you who are participating for the first time, some NaNo tips:

  1. Write fast and furious. Don’t worry about making it perfect or correcting your mistakes. You wrote it, keep it.
  2. Don’t start over. If you want to go in a different direction or decide to scrap your story entirely, don’t pitch it! Again, you wrote it, so it counts toward your final tally. NaNo isn’t the time to make a perfect, readable, makes-sense book. It’s the time to sit down and write.  Instead, go in your different direction as if you already made the change. Make a notation of where the change is with a different color or symbol such as *****.  Start your new story on a new page.
  3. So what if you have a lot of typos? Don’t sit and read through everything you’ve written, and you won’t notice the typos. Again, it doesn’t matter. Just keep writing (in the voice of Dori in Finding Nemo).
  4. Expand your words. Do not use contractions, and it will add to your word count. 🙂
  5. Set aside time to write. Either get up earlier, take a shorter lunch, stay up later, whatever it takes to sit and write 1500 words a day. If you’re sitting there staring at a blank page, think “what if?” and free write.
  6. It’s okay if you sway away from the outline. This happens a lot. It’s your mind’s way of saying, “It would be better if this happened…”
  7. Sprinkle action in with your conversation. Show the character picking up a cup, setting it down, moving through the kitchen as he speaks.
  8. Make sure you have a buddy you can call on to keep you on track and writing.
  9. Keep others updated on your progress.
  10. Tell everyone you’re participating in NaNo. It starts conversation about what your writing, making it more real to you.
  11. Let the characters speak for themselves. Don’t try to fight them. In the end, they usually win. If you’re stuck about what to do with a character, tell someone and brainstorm.
  12. Keep lots of caffeine on hand.

All right! You’re good to go!



2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Weaving Reality
    Nov 03, 2012 @ 08:48:39

    Good Luck!!!


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