I get asked often by my fellow writers what my "secret to success" is when winning NaNoWriMo every year. I'll jokingly answer "an inflated ego I'm not ready to deal with yet" before answering the question more seriously. National Novel Writing Month, as we all know, is a thirty-day writing challenge in November that requires preparation and dedication from the writer that accepts the challenge. It's a mixed batch in any circle who does and does not accomplish writing the fift
Here's another exceedingly important concern when it comes to NaNoWriMo. Pacing yourself. Don't leave generating word count to the last minute, or the mountain will be too high to climb. Alternatively, don't try to win the race in the first week or you'll burn out before the month has even started. It isn't about how fast you can rush through, its about using your time wisely. To review, last post we discussed how daily target word counts are key to victory. My daily target w
So we've picked the project and now its time to commit the rest of this month to a little planning. Planning doesn't just involve what your novel's going to be about and what portion of the project the 50,000 words are going to cover. I'm going to cover the Snowflake Method, which is a great tool for generating content on the fly. I'll also touch base with methods to help get through 50,000 words of your story, like apps to download, websites to help you focus and suggestio
Here's the age old question that attaches to any challenge when you're first starting out. Thankfully, when it comes to NaNoWriMo this one's easy to answer. You've got to pump out 50,00 words to win, which means a lot of things. You've got to to just pump out words, meaning you need to be able to work with an environment where the setting, characters, and plot are all familiar. You can't stop every two to three sentences going back and editing because, let's be real, you won'