Tuesday, October 27, 2009

NaNoWriMo - 5 Tips To Get You Through It

I have registered for the NaNoWriMo event this year for the very first time. So I am, obviously curious and excited about the whole process. (Huge inhale) I happened across this informative article and now, (Huge exhale) I actually believe I can accomplish 50,000 words in 30 days.

I hope all new NaNoWriMo participants will breathe a little easier after reading these 5 tips by Rochelle Melander.

MAKE A SCHEDULE
by Rochelle Melander

Being a real writer means being able to do the work on a bad day. —Norman Mailer

The NaNoWriMo Challenge: Write a 50,000-word book in 30 days.

The daily goal: Write 1666.66 words.

The project? Most people are writing a novel (thus the name of the month, National Novel Writing Month). YOU can write whatever you choose—a play, a nonfiction book, or a series of poems.

Chris Baty founded NaNoWriMo because he believed that the absence of a deadline keeps most writers from achieving their dreams. NaNoWriMo gives you both a deadline and a goal. Set yourself up for success right now by scheduling your writing time. Here are some tips:

1. Map Your Time. For the next few days, write down everything you do. On Friday, look for the holes in your schedule. These are times when you are doing less-essential activities (like watching television), when you have a chunk of quiet time (it might be 4:30 AM), or when you can sneak away from your work for a little writing.

2. Map Your Energy. Pay attention to when you have that “writing energy.” Basically, that’s whenever you can write without falling asleep. These will be the best times for you to write. (Scientifically speaking, most of us have our best times first thing in the morning and between 5 and 8 PM.)

3. Schedule the When and the Where. Based on the above information, schedule when and where you will write each day. Research has proven that people who write down when and where they will do something are more likely to do it.

4. Honor Your Schedule. This month you get to pretend you are a world-famous writer who cannot shift her schedule for anyone. I don’t care if your children are vomiting. Give them a bucket, rub their sweet little heads, and write with your other hand!

5. Final Random Tips.
• Schedule more time for yourself at the beginning and the end of the month. That way, you can get a good head start AND be prepared to catch up at the end of the month.
• Don’t take off more than two days in a row.
• If you do not have time to write, make sure you do at least a 20-minute dip into the novel each day.
• Don’t fret about taking time off. Plan for it. You can make sure you get to celebrate Thanksgiving by putting in a 3000-word day.

Finally, dear readers: have fun with the month! Writing a novel (or anything) fast is a wild, wonderful adventure. Buckle your seatbelts, hold on tight, and let the ride begin!

Best resource: No Plot? No Problem! by NaNoWriMo founder Chris Baty

Write Now! Coach Rochelle Melander supports people in writing to transform their lives and businesses. If you’re ready to establish credibility, make more money, and market your work by writing a book, blog, or Web site, get your free subscription to her Write Now! Tips Ezine at http://www.writenowcoach.com

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Online Writing Tools

As a new writer, I have been searching the web to find anything I can that will enhance my writing process and technique. Here are a few tools that I have come across that helped me move forward and fuel my passion for writing.

An exercise for procrastinating writers: http://procrastinatingwritersblog.com/write-everyday/

A great source for word origin: http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?l=a

An online utility that will check readability and detects complicated vocabulary within your project: http://www.online-utility.org/

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To hone my creativity, I have connected with a wonderful and knowledgeable creativity coach named Julie Isaac. I happened upon her website, www.writingspirit.com while doing a little web surfing one day. Her site has given me the opportunity to learn so much and to be privy to interviews with other writers, authors and publishers.

I have finished the "1st draft" of my novel. Thanks to Julie for taking me (this writer wannabe) and giving me the confidence I needed to accomplish a dream.