14 days left of National Novel Writing Month. As a famous New Yorker that had some FRIENDS used to ask:
“How You Doin’?”
If you haven’t achieved your goal yet, then let LWI help you.
I’ll get that help out of the way first.
ASK TO JOIN OUR BRAND NEW TODAY FACEBOOK WRITERS GROUP:
I will be there as often as I can to help you with:
- Writing Sprints: Timed writing periods where you write as much as you can without editing or worrying about anything. Then you rest and we start again. I let rest happen or you tire out and give up.
- Plot Needs: Do you need help with what a profession might do or a business practice is? I can help look it up quickly. I have even helped with what does a gun sound like to draw attention without it being fired or cocked or a bullet put in the chamber.
- Encouragement: Sometimes you need someone to talk to. No, I won’t be there every moment, as I do have blogging and writing to do as well, but I will be there to do what I can.
I won’t tell you my word count but I’ll say this, you can’t base anything on the word count of someone else.
How can you get from where you are to 50,000 words?
I will tell you this, I hit 50,000 words in 8 days. A lot of that came on a day on the weekend. That means you can do it in 14. Did I write every minute of the day? No. Did I write some of every hour? No.
I’ll repeat some of what I’ve advised before:
- Don’t get bogged down in the details of what you are doing. Since this is a first draft and your goal is speed and word count, it isn’t about quality. In fact even if you were going for quality in a first draft, you would still end up doing at least drafts 2 and 3.
What does that mean?
Keep writing even if it doesn’t make sense. I wrote myself down paths I had no idea I was heading in and ended up using those directions to the story’s benefit.
- LET THE CHARACTERS AND STORY WRITE THE STORY!!!
I’ll tell you one thing I did and still do, because I’m actually going through my novel and doing some detail work and research.
- I like a certain show that has a lot of episodes on YouTube. So what I do is write for a while until I get a little tired and then I watch a YouTube episode. Then I return to writing.
Don’t want to get to that tired point?
- Set a timer. if your computer doesn’t have one then use one online.
Do sprints using the alarm clock with or without friends. Sprints? Yes, Do about 23 minutes and take 7 off, or you can do 26 minutes. You are thinking that is a lot of wasted time. Let me tell you something. If you do sprints where you take only 5 minute breaks your fingers are going to get so tired you will either end up having to quit OR you will be making so many mistakes you will get frustrated with your typing. I got to the point during sprints with a facebook group, which helped me get my word count, that my fingers didn’t want to move off of the keys to the other keys. It was awful.
I CAN ALSO POINT YOU TO OUR:
There you will find some NaNoWriMo Tips articles. One of which is:
5 WAYS TO MOVE AHEAD IN YOUR NOVEL.
Remember to ask to join the group and I’ll do what I can to help you win.
Ronovan Hester is an author, with his debut historical adventure novel Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling due out in December of 2015. He shares his life as an amnesiac and Chronic Pain sufferer through his blog RonovanWrites.WordPress.com. His love of poetry, authors and community through his online world has lead to a growing Weekly Haiku Challenge and the creation of a site dedicated to book reviews, interviews and author resources known as LitWorldInterviews.com.
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