Nanowrimo planning – conquer your plot

Are you tempted by Nanowrimo - the completion of a novel's first draft in just 30 days - but find it hard to stay on track once the initial rush of frenetic writing has worn off? Do you find it hard to sustain your energy for the required 50,000 words in just one month?  Do... Continue Reading →

Nanowrimo wordcount boosters – Generate more words for your Nano novel!

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 →

Nanowrimo blog Day 1 – Use November how you want

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 →

30 Ways to win Nanowrimo – write a novel in a month

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 →

First Draft Forgiveness – let yourself off these ‘writer sins’

I'm currently writing a fast and horrible first draft. Fast because I have the attention span of a gnat on Red Bull, and horrible because I need to just rattle out ideas regardless of style or grace. To do this I need to forgive myself a host of writing sins. I'm finding this very useful and... Continue Reading →

My terrifying timeline

Do I dare? Do I dare put dates and deadlines to what I'm trying to achieve, and have to acknowledge publicly when I miss or make those targets? Is my book, my weird Young Adult Arthurian Genderfluid Fantasy Coming Of Age novel really going to become accountable? Yeah, why not? Chris Baty is big on accountability.... Continue Reading →

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