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National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo)

Happy National Novel Writing Month everybody! Writing a draft for a 50,000-word novel in a single month is no easy feat, so I figured I would help out those of our readers who are writers currently working on a project with some helpful tips and resources.

First things first, if you’re going to do this, don’t make excuses. Check out this advice about finding time to write. I especially like #2. As an iPhone 6 Plus user, one of the benefits a big screen provides is the ability read and edit manuscripts on the go. Smartphones do everything. They can be your pen and paper when you’re out and about.

GalleyCat also has some useful advice for writers. Their first writing tip this November can be found here.

Who better to take advice from than Ernest Hemingway? Ever heard of him?

And perhaps the most important tip of all: don’t get discouraged! You can do it! After all, it’s been done before. And if you need some inspiration, here’s a pep talk from James Patterson.

Show, don’t tell. This is a classic piece of advice. It’s also what I tell my clients on a consistent basis. Not only does showing the reader actions and emotions make your story come alive, but it’ll help you increase that word count so 50,000 words in a month seems like no big thing!

How many of our readers out there are currently partaking in National Novel Writing Month? Do you have any other tips for fellow writers? Let us know in the comments below.

Lastly, and on a completely unrelated note, we here at DGLM would like to express our sincere gratitude to all former and active members of the U.S. military. Happy Veterans Day!

3 Responses to National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo)

  1. Stephanie says:

    You forgot an important one! Don’t start querying it on December 1! 😉

  2. Brittany says:

    I seem to have a harder time containing my stories to 50,000. I’m more in the 90,000 range. Intricacy takes time! Book 1 is done, now for the sequel!

  3. D. C. says:

    I’ve tried NaNoWriMo a couple of times, but life intervenes. Why don’t they do this in the spring, say, just after we turn in the income tax on April 15? By that time I could sure use a change of pace, and the yard doesn’t yet need attention, and there are no major holidays….

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