Nanowrimo Wins by K.O.

It’s official: Nanowrimo has beaten me.

I was doing pretty well with it for a while. I was behind my word quota, but not by much. I easily could have caught up before the deadline.

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Nanowrimo and My Rewrite

Nanowrimo is interesting this year. I’ve decided to do a rewrite instead of a completely new story. But here’s the thing: I’m actually adding a lot of new stuff to the story I have.

I never did that before in rewrites. I tried to stick to the original manuscript as much as possible. I would focus on improving dialogue and character development. I would look for inconsistencies and errors. But I wouldn’t actually¬†add anything to the story.

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Nanowrimo: Just Write and Have Fun

As Nanowrimo approaches, there is a lot of buzz going around. I’ve read blog posts on things you need to do to accomplish writing your 50,000 words. That has ranged in everything from where you write and what you eat to mapping out your plot and working on your character development. I’ve also read posts on how anxious people are about hitting that word-goal. It takes a lot of time and dedication to get it done and is most definitely daunting!

Personally, I’ve done Nanowrimo four times and was a winner three of them because I ditched one year’s project to work on something else. I’ve also done the Nanorwimo style of writing (50,000 words in one month) to write three other books (not in November).

This isn’t to brag. It’s simply to let you know that the Nanowrimo style of writing has worked for me.

And there’s really only two things I’ve followed each time: the first is to focus on the word count; the second is to have fun.

It seems simple enough. And I honestly believe that it is. Continue reading

Part One is Done

Part One of “The King’s Son” is done. It took me a lot longer than I had expected. It was also a lot more gut-wrenching. I struggled a lot. But with the support of friends and family and a particular friend/editor (Lisa, I’m so thankful for all of your help!) I was able to get through it. At least for now. I’ll still need to do another quick read-through for pacing and proofing, but the main part is done. Continue reading

A Change of Plans

My advice to writers has always been simply to write. Allow whatever is inside come out. And deal with it all later. But I have to make a bit of an amendment to that plan of action.

Last week, I started Nanowrimo again. There was a story in my mind that I had wanted to write for a few years now, so I thought that this would be the perfect time to get to it.

As I sat down to write, I followed my usual rules. And, after seven days, I had around 9,000 words written. It’s a little less than the quota I was supposed to have met up to that point. But I’m not working this month, so I knew I’d have no problem getting up to 50,000 in the next little while.

Then, yesterday, something occurred to me. I wasn’t really enjoying my story. And that, to me, is one of the most important parts of writing.

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Know the First Sentence

For all of you doing NaNoWriMo (or simply wanting to start a story), I wrote a piece last year giving my advice on how to prepare for it. This year, while I still agree with what all that I had suggested before, I’ve decided to take that advice and make it even simpler. So, here goes…

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My Advice for NaNoWriMo

I’m not an expert on how to achieve the 50,000 word goal for NaNoWriMo by any means, but I just wrote an email to one of my friends about some of the things that I think might help. I figured I’d write about it here too. Better still, I thought I’d write it in points so that it looks all that much more knowledgeable.

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