Tips for NaNoWriMo

NOVELmberIn three days, pens will drop to begin the challenge of writing 50,000 words in 30 days. Are you prepared?

I recently read a post with a gazillion tips on how to survive and reach the 50,000-word goal. Several of them were ones I had planned to put into practice as I wrote my 1,667 words a day. They included:

Don’t Edit: This is not an editing exercise; it’s a writing marathon. If I stopped to edit, I might fall behind. I’m going with the philosophy of Don’t Look Back, which means once it is written, it won’t be read. I’m going to force myself to just write, not read. The most I’ll read is the last paragraph before I begin writing for the day to ensure I’m continuing the story correctly.

Research is Out the Door: I can’t spend hours looking up facts. I’m just going to write like I know what I’m talking about. When I return to the draft to revise and edit, I’ll check the facts.

Anything Goes!: Yup, I’m going to let my imagination take over and write whatever pops into my head. My characters are going to do things they’ve never done before. There won’t be any censors on my words.

To read the post I read that inspired this post, visit Beth Hill at the Editor’s Blog. PS: Many of the tips can be applied to an average writing day to help keep a writer writing and a story moving forward.

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