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Challenge Yourself with NaNoWriMo in November!

Challenge Yourself with NaNoWriMo in November!

Are you ready for NaNoWriMo? If not, LifeOfWriters will do our best to help you so you can do your very best and have a terrific November. What better way to enjoy December and the holidays than looking back on a November where you rocked your fingers on the keyboard? A month where you slammed your hand on the table in frustration, got high on coffee, spilled ink on your newly bought shirt, and wrote a Novel with 50.000 words (or close to 50.000 words)! One that is ready for a second draft and a lot of editing. You will have a manuscript and you can be proud of yourself for pulling it off! LifeOfWriters hopes that all writers who participate in NaNoWriMo will succeed, so we have gathered a few useful tips to help you prepare and be ready for the count down. In only 6 days!

What you should do now before NaNoWriMo starts:

Maybe you are well-prepared -- you know what story you will write and you have your plot and characters set to go -- but maybe you have just decided to give this crazy amazing challenge a shot. Don’t worry! It's not too late.

Here are a few tips:

Inspiration

Bestselling author Katie Oliver (read her interview here) shares this clever thing she does for inspiration:

“ I tear out magazine photos of people who resemble my characters and create a mood board.”

So get out your magazines and find a picture of your characters or a place or an image that inspires you and tear it out. Keep it with you for the next 30 days. If you don’t have a magazine, then brainstorm. Get all of your ideas down on paper and be inspired by your own ideas.

 Keep writing

Author, Lynne Shelby (read her interview here) has this advice for writers:

“The best writing advice I ever got was to keep on writing, even if your first efforts aren’t all you want them to be, because you can edit a rough draft, but you can’t edit an empty page.”

So writers, just keep writing, especially this month. You will have lots of time to edit after NaNoWriMo.

Time to write

When do you write best? Or when do you have time to write? When you don’t have time to write, don’t stress about it -- know your times and stick to them. Author, Jamie Brenner (read her interview here) describes how she works best:

“I write first thing in the morning, at my laptop in my apartment. I get my best work done before 10AM. After lunch, I start to really lose steam. Then sometimes at 7:00 at night I get another burst of inspiration.”

Details

Make sure to sign up on the NaNoWrMo official website. Here you can track your word count and compare your region with other regions to see who is the front runner. It's always nice to have a little competition! Best of all, you will get regular pep talks in your email during NaNoWriMo from authors who are ready to inspire you to keep writing.

If you don’t hit 50.000 words, don’t worry as long as you give it your best shot. Maybe you will write 15.000 or 30.000 and what you have written is really good. Be proud of yourself and just keep writing until you finish what you have started.

 

"When once the itch of literature comes over a man, nothing can cure it but the scratching of a pen."

-Samuel Lover 

 

Best of luck to all of you writers with NaNoWriMo!

By : Admin | NaNoWriMo
2016-10-26 [ 03:27:56]

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