It’s the second week of NaNo and your words should be flowing freely.
But are they?
NaNo writing tip number four
If you’re slowing down: take a 20 minute break and get some exercise.
- Go out for a brisk walk.
- Put on some loud music and do some crazy dancing.
- Grab your trainers and jog around the block.
- Find a skipping rope, spin a hula hoop, or hop on an exercise bike.
My 2013 NaNo novel is called Chasing Credit. I’m aiming for 60,000 words by the end of November.
This tip will save you a world of pain as you struggle beyond the first few days of NaNo and suddenly realise you can’t remember a single word of what you wrote on day one.
Here is a tip for NaNo ‘pansters’ – yes, those brave people who sit down and write, without a plan. This tip will save you a world of pain as you struggle beyond the first few days and suddenly realise you can’t remember a single word of what you wrote on day one.
Yep, in the early stages it is fairly easy to read back over what you have done and to find those vital pieces of information.
- What was the colour of my hero/heroine’s eyes/hair/car/cat?
- What was the wicked stepmother/boss/ex-husband’s real name?
- How exactly was the vicar/cook/gardener killed and was it in the library/kitchen/flower-bed?
But how will you cope when you get towards the end and there are 50,000 words to scroll back through?
NaNo writing tip number two
Keep a notebook. Jot down:
- The names of your characters as you invent them.
- A few descriptive features about their looks or their possessions.
- A time-line of key events, ages, dates.
My 2013 NaNo novel is called Chasing Credit. Got to get back to it…
Writing tip number one: avoid the terror of staring at a blank page.
I have learnt a tremendous amount about writing since I started doing NaNo, back in 2010. Here is a tip – not my tip – but a tip mentioned by many others:
NaNo writing tip number one
Avoid the terror of staring at a blank page.
Before you finish for the day, write a few words to help kick-start your work tomorrow.
- Leave an unfinished sentence…
- or jot down a few bullet points, outlining the next scene,
- or write the final words of the next section and leave a gap so you can start the next day knowing where you are heading.
My 2013 NaNo novel is called Chasing Credit. Now I have to get back to chasing my word count.
My 2013 NaNo novel is set in a dystopian future.
Working title: Chasing Credit.
Tone: A mash-up of 1984 and Brave New World with a contemporary twist.
Words written so far =0 (but it’s only 10 am on NaNo day 1 – so not panicking yet).
You’re doing NaNo too? I’m happy to be your NaNo Buddy.
Forgive me for not writing in complete sentences. Time is short. The future beckons…
Yes. I’ve finished the first draft of my historical novel. Typed the last words today.
- 87,408 words.
- 57 chapters/scenes.
- 3 months, exactly, since I started.
Editing comes next.
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