NaNoWriMo Tip #23: The Recorder

For those of you who have nothing to do but write all day long and all night, this blog post is not for you.  I am sure there are many writers out there attempting the NaNoWriMo who have to pigeon hole time during the day so that they might crank out several thousand words andContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #23: The Recorder”

NaNoWriMo Tip #22: Time Out

If you are in a comfortable place right now in word count with the NaNoWriMo, then by all means take a break.  Today is Thanksgiving in the U.S., and if you are a hardcore writer like me then you will want to write today, but fight the urge. Last night I went to my wife’sContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #22: Time Out”

NaNoWriMo Tip #21: Abandon All Hope All Ye Who Enter Here

Today’s title comes from Dante’s Inferno, the words written upon the gates of hell.  You may be feeling like that right now even if you have planned this NaNoWriMo novel to the teeth.  It happens. If your fingers are still hammering away at the NaNoWriMo (and you haven’t given up), you have come thus farContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #21: Abandon All Hope All Ye Who Enter Here”

NaNoWriMo Tip #20: Write Blind

This blog is related to the blog post I wrote yesterday.  Often when I write, I write whole chunks of text and then the Inner Critic Faerie pops in and tells me to change what I just wrote because it is unbecoming of my ability.  I have to ignore that sometimes and just write onContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #20: Write Blind”

NaNoWriMo Tip #18: Focus on the Intent

One thing that is very difficult at this stage in the NaNoWriMo project is the daily grind.  Some writers find it difficult to crank out a scene or will bog down in telling the story or moving the action along.  Where to go next, you ask? One thing that I do that helps me toContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #18: Focus on the Intent”

NaNoWriMo Tip #17: Action In the Dialogue

Every year I teach Shakespeare, one student invariably asks the following question:  Why does Shakespeare not write stage directions in his plays?  The answer to this question is always the same: If you will examine his dialogue, you will find that he does. For example, in Hamlet Act 1.1 we have this exchange: BERNARDO: Who’sContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #17: Action In the Dialogue”

NaNoWriMo Tip #14: Scrivener

  I know that several of you use Scrivener to write long form novels, but did you know that Scrivener can also help you plot out a real time word count goals?   First, if you do not use Scrivener, it is well worth the $49 for the program.  I have been using it forContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #14: Scrivener”

NaNoWriMo Tip #13: Be Good to Your Body

I don’t know where you write, whether it be at a desk, on a table or sitting with your laptop on a couch, but more and more studies are being released that prove that sitting for long periods of time can be hazardous to your health.  The Atlantic reports that “people who sat more than 11Continue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #13: Be Good to Your Body”

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”