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Day 17 – Keep Your Eye On The Prize

30 Days of Encouragement for NaNoWriMo (and other writers, too!)
 
I’m sure you’re tired.  I’m sure you’ve had moments of wanting to delete, shred, burn the whole damn thing.  Don’t.  You are more than halfway through and you are doing it!  Think about the amount you would typically write in a day three weeks ago.  Think about how much you have done in only seventeen days. Did you think you’d get […]

Day 16 – I Like to Move It, Move It

30 Days of Encouragement for NaNoWriMo (and other writers, too!)
One of the best ways to get “un-stuck” is to get moving.   Make sure you take occasional breaks to get up and stretch your muscles.  Going on a 20 minute walk is a great way to stretch your brain, too.  Try not to focus on thinking about your story while you’re walking.  Just let your mind wander where it likes and […]

Day 15 – In Medias Res

30 Days of Encouragement for NaNoWriMo (and other writers, too!)
You’re halfway there.  It’s all downhill from here.  There’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Insert your favorite cliche about perseverance here.
Triteness aside, congratulations!  You really are half way through a crazy, fun feat of imagination and dedication and though I’m sure it’s been hard work, I hope you’re having a good time, too.
In honor of today marking the […]

Day 11 – A No-Guilt Zone

30 Days of Encouragement for NaNoWriMo (and other writers, too!)
Have you had a really bad day yet?  One where you didn’t come anywhere close to your word count, or worse yet, didn’t manage to write anything at all?   It’s OK.  Take some deep breaths and let it go.  This day is a new day, and you can start from where you are.
Yes, it’s important to try to keep up with […]

Day 10 – Who's On the Other Side?

30 Days of Encouragement for NaNoWriMo (and other writers, too!)
It’s Day 10 and you’re halfway through your second week. Can you believe you’ve made it this far?  You’re 30% of the way there!
Today I’d like you to think about the person you ultimately imagine reading your novel.  This person can be someone you really know or know of, or it can be a totally imaginary dude or dudette. We’re going […]

Day 9 – Keep Tabs On 'Em

30 Days of Encouragement for NaNoWriMo (and other writers, too!)
You may notice at this point that your plot is thickening, along with your cast.  Avoid getting things too tangled up (and thus the need to go back and check on things) by keeping a system of notes about who’s who and what’s what.  Character names & details, major plot points, relationships and time lines may be easier to keep track […]

Day 8 – Stop Counting

30 Days of Encouragement for NaNoWriMo (and other writers, too!)
Today’s tip is something you probably won’t agree with, but I’m going to say it anyway:  Stop obsessing over your word count.
What? Isn’t NaNoWriMo ALL ABOUT THE WORD COUNT?
Well, yes and no. Yes, the idea is to write 50,000 words, but no, it isn’t productive to update your word count on the site every time you write a paragraph.  Wondering […]

Day 7 – Set the Soundtrack

30 Days of Encouragement for NaNoWriMo (and other writers, too!)
I don’t know about you, but I need to be in the right “mood” to write certain types of things. By now, you probably have a good feel for the type of mood your novel needs, so why not have some fun with it?
Make a couple of mixes on iTunes or select some CDs that fit the storyline and feel of […]

Day 6 – Spruce Up Your Space

30 Days of Encouragement for NaNoWriMo (and other writers, too!)
Happy Saturday!  Hopefully, today has provided you with some extra time to catch up if you’re behind, and maybe get a little ahead of the target word count in preparation for a busy week.
The weekend is a great chance to take a look at your at-home writing space and see what you can do to make it easier for you to […]

Day 5 – Shut Out Distractions

30 Days of Encouragement for NaNoWriMo (and other writers, too!)
If you’re using a computer to work on your novel, as I imagine most of you are,  I’m sure you’ve been distracted during writing sessions by the siren call of Google Reader, Twitter, news feeds, or Facebook by now.   I’m guilty of checking Facebook six hundred times in a row just so I don’t have to get back to what I’m […]