Are you embarking on a one-month quest to write the first draft of that novel you’ve been dreaming of? Or perhaps you just want to feed off the energy of the 400,000 people who are. Here are our top tips for aspiring novelists.
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If you dream of becoming a writer, you have to eventually sit down and write. Whether you’re doing National Novel Writing Month in November, or you dream of being a writer “someday”, the first inescapable step is making the time to do it. Here’s a 15-minute exercise toward that end that you can do today.
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Every November, NaNoWriMo challenges writers and would-be writers to knock out a novel over the course of the month. It's a challenge I've tried at least half a dozen times and completed once. Despite my limited success rate, I always try again the next year, because frankly, it's a pretty fun exercise, even if I don't always manage to finish.
This one is for the hardcore novel writers who are doubting themselves, the ones who committed last month to writing 50,000 words in 30 days, but then... uh, something happened.
One of the best things about NaNoWriMo, or any terrifying deadline, is that it forces you to write quickly. (Hello, procrastinators.) If writing quickly is your stated goal, then you don't have time to do the number one thing that interrupts your writing flow: Think about whether what you're writing is good.
How's NaNoWriMo going? Do you have 20 per cent of a novel on your hard drive yet? If not, maybe you're having trouble thinking of what to write. Fortunately, there's a place on nanowrimo.org that is full of ideas ripe for the stealing.
This year, I will write my tenth terrible novel. I do this every November; it's part of the NaNoWriMo tradition. I've never published these novels, but I grow as a writer and as a human being every time I write one. Let me tell you why it's worthwhile.
November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo and that means that if you haven't started your story yet, now is the perfect time. Writing has a ton of mental and emotional benefits, so let's get started! Here are some tools that will help.
November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for those in the know, and already hundreds of thousands of participants will be busily writing as part of their journey to becoming novelists. Yet those who have to balance novel writing with full time work, family and social life might find it hard to know when to take a spare moment to write. Should you set your alarm an hour early and power through your writing before breakfast, or sit down after dinner when all the day's work is done? How about a sneaky lunchtime writing sesh? One scientific study claims to have solved this conundrum once and for all.
Accuracy matters, as we never tire of pointing out here at Mind Your Language. But what if you're undertaking the NaNoWriMo challenge, where you have to produce a 50,000 word novel in a month? Does it make sense to worry about spelling when you're trying to churn out 1700 words a day, or should you press on regardless?