Want to get through the first seven days of National Novel Writing Month? Start here. Day 1. If you haven't declared your novel's title, excerpt and premise on the Nanowrimo website, do this. Use the first part of your first chapter and your working title. You can finesse this later. And write. Blitz 1667 words.... Continue Reading →
This quick post is to give some ideas for wordcount boosters for Nanowrimo-which will, I hope, make it into in your finished novel as worldbuilding or character reveal scenes. I have used each of these and found they are generally good for an extra 1000 words or so. These seven ideas should give you at least... Continue Reading →
Well, National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo) started today and even though I am not officially joining in, I'm still going to increase my daily word count to 1600 or so. I usually aim for 1100, and have been consistent on that for about a month, so this is not a huge leap. I'm working on... Continue Reading →
Here are 30 strategies which I use to write a novel in 30 days. It can be used for Nanowrimo, or whenever you need to just get that first draft done. Divvy up the action. It's 1660 words a day but life will intrude. Count on your calendar how many days you have which contain... Continue Reading →
National Novel Writing Month requires you to complete a 50,000 word work of fiction in 30 days. If your typing is speedy, this is quite achievable. But what you choose to write for Nanowrimo can scupper you before you start. Follow theses guides to write a fast book. Go contemporary. I love to write fantasy, but even urban... Continue Reading →
In my attempts to outline my novel I did a lot of online reading as well as the books I've previously mentioned. Google will find you many sites which offer help with outlining a (fiction) book, but I've gathered 20 useful articles. Which one suits you? This starts small and builds up from a single sentence for... Continue Reading →
Today, include a little foreshadowing of what will happen after your story has ended. Is this in fact merely a new beginning? Will the tale continue? How will the characters go on with their lives after the whirlwind they have just experienced?And.... include some congratulations and partying, too.:-)
Today make everything in your writing joyous. Have joyous trees, roads, food, gestures, clothes. Let every word sing, we have reached the end and we are happy. Or make it all tragic, depending on the ending of your novel.
Today write a big declamatory speech. It could be your villain, revealing his dastardly plot to a strangely passive audiennce; it might be your main character declaring his position on life, love and everything she has encountered on her journey. It could be a wrap up speech to tie together all the loose ends you've... Continue Reading →
Today include an ignoble emotion in your story: jealousy, irritation, intolerance, anger. It might be something your character experiences, or it might be displayed by a minor character they encounter. But big it up, as the end is near!