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Alright writers. We’re halfway through National Novel Writing Month and I don’t know about you, but the strain that hit me on day 3 is drowning me now. Unless you’re superhuman, I’m guessing that the same strain is hitting you because it hits every writer who tries to finish a novel.
It’s called “The Murky Middle.”
TMM is the moment when the excitement and momentum of starting a new story fades and the idea of continuing seems pointless.
Alright writers, NaNoWriMo 2015 has officially begun! If you were with me during the first half of the NaNoWriMo Success Series you were able to plan your story, plot, and characters so that you could hit the ground writing on November 1st. (If you haven’t, it’s still not too late to start!)
Now I don’t know about you, but the strain of writing ~1,667 words everyday has already hit me and it’s only day 3. When I open my word document and prepare to get through the next 30 days of this month, it helps to know that other writers have gone through this exact same process and had incredible success.
If you’re feeling down or stressed or just in need of a little motivation, read about the NaNoWriMo Success stories below to learn how you can get motivated and become a success story of your own!
Alright writers, we’re officially 5 days away!
If you’ve been following the NaNoWriMo Success Series, by now you’ve:
By choosing your story and outlining your plot, you’ve already set yourself up for success. With your scenes in place, you get to avoid writer’s block because you know where your story is headed. Even when writing gets hard, you’ll be able to keep pushing forward and finish your novel (If you haven’t done those things, it’s not too late to get started!)
Now that you’ve ensured you’ll finish your story, it’s time to move onto techniques that will improve the quality of your first draft. One common issue with many first drafts is character differentiation and authenticity.
Alright writers, we are officially 2 weeks away from this year’s NaNoWrimo.
It’s time to get serious.
If you’ve been following the NaNoWriMo Success Series, then you have committed to making this NaNoWriMo your best one yet and you’ve spent the last weekcreating an awesome storyboard full of inspiration for you new story.
Now that you’ve done the fun part, it’s time to kick it into gear and outline your plot. You can find tons of articles, posts, and books about plot/plot types/plot theories.
That is not what this post is.
Here you’re going to find concrete steps to take your story from point A to point B. That way when NaNoWriMo starts, you have one less thing to worry about. Let's get started!
If you’re reading this, then you’ve made the decision that this year’s NaNoWriMo is going to be the best one yet. If you haven’t made this epic decision, here’s why you’ll change your mind and join over 3 billion authors to create like you’ve never created before.
The key to a productive NaNoWriMo is preparation. When you’re churning out thousands of words a day you need a plan if you want those words to make any sense. The more you know about your story before November 1st, the easier it'll be to kick your writing into overdrive and finish a novel in a month.
Today we’ll tackle one of the most fun parts of NaNoWriMo: Choosing Your Story.
I am one of those people who began writing as soon as I learned how to read.
If you don’t believe me, I can prove it to you. Tucked away with childhood keepsakes is my first masterpiece: “The Black Champion.”
Now this “novel” was essentially fan-fiction that incorporated my 3 favorite things at the time: The Parent Trap, horses, and Bollywood Movies. It was written during a time when computers still used floppy disks, and when I printed it out I was sure it was going to be the first of many stories to come.
Fast forward 15 years and I was still telling people that I hadn’t finished a book since I was 6. It wasn’t because I didn’t write—I wrote all the time! I would start stories, get about ~50 pages in and then life would get in the way. Or I would have the perfect idea, but struggle to get off of page 1 because I needed the writing to be just right.
As writers, everything is working against us. Our lives, our family, our friends, our classes, our jobs, even ourselves. That’s why every writer, no matter what age or genre, should participate in NaNoWriMo.