Author: carolyn

4 Writing Tips to Boost Your NaNoWriMo and Other Writing Projects

Congratulations, NaNoWriMo participants! You’re halfway to your deadline! But what if you’re a little behind on your goals? What if it’s even worse — you’re a little behind and starting to dread writing? What if you feel — gasp! — blocked? Most projects reach a point when the writing, or the writer, seems to  go a bit stale. 1. Party On, Dude! Writing is essentially a solo art. Even if you are working with someone, at some point it comes down to a person composing the words. This can be especially difficult if you are under the pressure of a...

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Fast Writing Tip for NaNoWriMo and Other Deadlines

If you’re doing a NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), congratulations — you are a third of the way through your novel! I hope. Maybe. If you’ve hit a wall or are bogged down in your plot — the protagonist is stuck in the world’s longest traffic jam, the heroine is trapped in the most boring meeting ever, the detective can’t seem to buy a clue — don’t despair. Try this simple writing technique to move past the writer’s block: skip to a scene that you know has to be in the book. It other words, skip the ahead and take...

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6 NaNoWriMo and Novel Project Development Techniques & Tools

Whether you are preparing for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) or simply working on your novel, here are 6 techniques — plus resources and tools — to help you reach your goal. 1.  Recommended Books Since you are working on a book, I figure you also like to read them, so here are some titles I’ve found useful. Widgets 2.  My Guide to “Fast Writing” Elsewhere I’ve created a compilation of the tips and techniques by other successful writers on novel writing preparation based largely on Rachel Aaron’s techniques for achieving 10,000 words per DAY(!). There’s also a handy PDF download to take...

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NaNoWriMo Prep: The Ultimate Plot Development Guide

In preparation for NaNoWriMo, I’ve created a comprehensive guide to novel plot development, character creation and writing preparation — and then I thought I’d share it with everyone else getting ready for NaNoWriMo. After reading Rachel Aaron’s posts on how she achieves 10,000 words per day when writing her novels as well as how she prepares to start a new novel writing project, I started collecting her recommendations and meshing them with other authors such as Holly Lisle, Bob Mayer, and Jim Butcher to create a new Novel Writing Plot Development and Project Worksheet below. I also have some...

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