Tuesday, November 1, 2011
My 10 Tips for NaNoWriMo
Today is the first day of NaNoWriMo - or National Novel Writing Month. Writers across the world are attempting to write 50,000 words in a month - which may not be an entire novel, but it's certainly a big bite of one.
Last year, I was one of those writers. Here's what I learned:
10. Quality doesn't count. Quantity does. (that's what editing is for)
9. I wrote without an outline, which was a freeing experience, but not one I'd want to repeat. Why? Too many repetitions... (ironic, isn't it?)
8. Don't worry about character names. I had one character called Klutzy-Girl.
7. Keep track of where you are in the word-count and remember every word is one word closer.
6. Don't expect perfection - expect a really rough first draft.
5. Channel your inner Dory - Just keep writing, writing, writing...
4. Have a secret supply of coffee. Trust me.
3. And chocolate. Trust me more.
2. Let your fingers do the walking and some days they'll dance.
1. Cursing at the computer screen is part of the experience. (or at least it was part of mine) Have fun!