NaNoWriMo Tip #12: The Regimen

It is necessary for any writer to write on a schedule, writing every day at least a little.  If you are participating in the NaNoWriMo and do not stick to a regimen of writing, you will soon find yourself way behind the goals you have set for yourself. Peter Straub rises every morning, dresses in hisContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #12: The Regimen”

NaNoWriMo Tip #11: Wordiness Part 2

It is good practice to write rough drafts without being too wordy as a common exercise so that we can be better writers out of the gate and not have to go back and do so much revision. One of the ways I write when I’m in a hurry and have to get a certainContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #11: Wordiness Part 2”

NaNoWriMo Tip #10: Wordiness (Part 1)

  Over the next few posts, I will comment on the problem of wordiness and how to avoid it.   As writers we try to create the most prolific prose imaginable, but then again some of us try way too hard.  Here are some ways to avoid it:   1.  Speak Your Lines – ReadContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #10: Wordiness (Part 1)”

NaNoWriMo Tip #9: Auto-Correct Is Not Your Friend

Many writers use autocorrect in order to help with spelling or even grammar, but most times the grammar check will only denote passive voice and sometimes it can completely ruin a piece of writing.  As a sci-fi writer, sometimes the names of my characters give the spell-checker fits. All of us who use iPhones know how auto-correctContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #9: Auto-Correct Is Not Your Friend”

NaNoWriMo Tip #8: Adverb Use

One of the ugliest faux pas of any writer are the use of meaningless adverbs. There are three adverbs used by writers which slow down any writing style: really, actually and extremely. If you can avoid these all together and find better adverbs or remove them altogether, your prose will take on a much moreContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #8: Adverb Use”

NaNoWriMo Writing Tip #6: Bogging Down

Hopefully before attempting the NaNoWriMo you wrote an outline for your novel.  If not, you will soon find yourself bogging down in the plot and not being able to carry on.  Even if you did write an outline, sometimes that is not enough to steer around the muck and mire of the tar pits ofContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Writing Tip #6: Bogging Down”

NaNoWriMo Writing Tip #5: Sleep

I have shifted to dropping daily writing tips because I have given all the time management tips I live by.  I will now be posting writing tips to make your life this month easier if you are attempting to do the NaNoWriMo competition.   It is highly important to get at least 7-8 hours ofContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Writing Tip #5: Sleep”

NaNoWriMo Time Management Tip #4: Brain Food

One of the most important things the brain needs for active creativity is food that promotes that function.  There are basically three types of foods that the writer should be eating in order to boost creativity. 1.  Carbs – This is the fuel that powers the brain.  Eat plenty of whole grain foods which breakContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Time Management Tip #4: Brain Food”

NaNoWriMo Time Management Tip #3: Outlining

There may be many of you who write like Stephen King, who have a general idea where you are going with your novel but have decided to “wing it” every day during the NaNoWriMo, relying on your instincts to get you through this massive project.  If you are able to do this, and be consistentContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Time Management Tip #3: Outlining”

NaNoWriMo Time Management Tip #2: Media is a No-No

Today’s tip is a warning.  If there is one thing that can quickly waste my time as a writer it’s media.  I know you are reading this blog right now, but I will be quick. This month, James Bond will celebrate his 50th anniversary in film with Skyfall starring Daniel Craig.  Rick, Carl, Darrel, Laura, and,Continue reading “NaNoWriMo Time Management Tip #2: Media is a No-No”