Thursday, November 3, 2016

#NaNoWriMo Tips Round-Up


NaNoWriMo 2016 is off and running. In between typing your fingers to the bone and ignoring your family, you might want to unwind by reading up on how to improve your chances of NaNo success. Here is the round-up of this week's best NaNo tips, tricks, hacks, and general great advice:


Break time's over...


Posted by Elle Carter Neal

16 comments :

  1. Excellent tips for NANO this year.

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  2. I started the day describing my kingdom and the main characters in great detail. I just could not get into that first chapter without knowing more about both. Sometimes that little chore is most important to really get cranking on the story.

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  3. Isn't word count two words? Wait, wait. I must stop editing during #NaNoWriMo2016. :D

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  4. I gave up on NaNo a few years back. It usually happens at the wrong time, when I'm already trying to finish a book and don't want to stop it. I still have a NaNo book I never finished. Anyway, I'm trying for a November release on the book about my dogs. I'm in the editing stage right now. Still, it's a great inspiration for those who are between books, or have never done one before.

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    1. I've never done it because it is Spring here and the absolute best time of year to be outside. No way I'm locking myself in front of a computer all day. It's BaYaCri time here (Back Yard Cricket).

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  5. I'm editing a first draft right now, but I salute all who are taking part.

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    1. I'm still in the middle of writing a book I started earlier this year, so that would be a disqualification.

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  6. I have never Nanoed. (Yes, I know that's not a word.) I have enough stress in my life than to write thousands of words in a month. Never could put myself through that.

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    1. Me neither, Polly. But I am taking a leaf out of their book and limiting my Internet time in favour of writing (and playing outdoors with the kids).

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  7. My hat is off to you Nano conscripts ... you are truly brave. Homie, on the other hand, is a lover, not a fighter, so he will conscientiously abstain from the action.

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    1. And that's why we love your visits, Christopher ;-)

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  8. I have never done NaNo as it comes at a bad time of the year for me, too. It is Autumn here in the States, and that is one of my favorite times to be outdoors a lot. Also, I am always knee-deep in planning the Author Showcase and the Holiday Show at our local art center. That takes lots and lots of time.

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    1. Years ago I considered starting a June version for the southern hemisphere, but life happened instead. Now I write smaller amounts but I try to write something every single day. At the end of a year, I think I achieve as much as someone who mainly lives for that November sprint.

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  9. Great tips and links, thanks for sharing. I'm going to add to the list with this article http://jonathanleeauthor.com/quick-tips-for-nanowrimo Good luck everyone! And now it's back to writing for me.

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  10. These are terrific. I've shared with all nanofriends!

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