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How’s that Novel Coming Along? Adventures in NaNoWriMo Land

Posted on November 14th, 2011 by Mickie.
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We are half way through November, do you know where your novel is? Keep writing! If you need a pep talk, stop by nanowrimo.org for inspiring advice like this gem from Erin Morgenstern:

Never delete anything. If you can’t stand to look at it, change the font to white and keep going.

If possible, get a running start. It gives you flexibility for later in the month when you desperately need to do something, anything that doesn’t involve writing once in a while.

Do something, anything that doesn’t involve writing once in a while. Take a walk, go to a museum, do yoga, paint your toenails, spin around in circles. Shake your brain up so the ideas can move around.

Backup. Frequently. Flash drives are your friends. Also, I hear you can store things on clouds now but I’m not sure how that works. It sounds very whimsical, though, and I am a fan of whimsy.

Take risks. (Microsoft Word wanted to autocorrect that to “Take care.” Clearly, Word does not understand NaNoWriMo. Also, this is why I normally write in Scrivener. Scrivener would never suggest such a thing.)

When in doubt, just add ninjas. (Ninjas do not need to be actual ninjas.) (But they can be.)

Let yourself be surprised.

Think you are wasting your time? Maybe not–here is a list of actual novels written as NaNoWriMo month projects. Now why are you wasting time reading blogs!? Brew some more coffee and get back to that novel!! We’re hosting a night of support and camaraderie for the final push on 11/30 @ 7pm and we can’t wait to see what you have written!

3 comments.

non discover writer

Comment on November 14th, 2011.

what! i have a book that i’m done writing. can you please becky seen me the d’s. i want to submit it and get it publish so please send me details! i want to be discover

Becky

Comment on November 15th, 2011.

Hi non discover writer! Getting published can be a challenge, but not impossible — how else do you think we have all these books in the world? ;) There are lots of sources online and in the writing community. Here’s a thread from the NaNoWriMo forums with some good links to get you started. Good luck!!

non discover writer

Comment on November 15th, 2011.

Thank u many times thanks i will send my book to u if i could

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