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NaNoWrimo for Beginners: Writing Fast and Furious
So, you've discovered this thing called National Novel Writing Month and you're thinking of giving it a try this year, and you don't know what's in stored for you. I'm not going to talk about the insanity you're about to fall into. That would take a whole other tutorial. Nor am I going to talk about the little tricks to boost your word count, there are plenty of those around. What this tutorial will be about, is typing speed.
The count of 50 000 words a month, 1667 words a day wasn't taken as a goal of the NaNoWriMo on a whim. It was carefully selected because it's near the lower boundary for a novel (the number varies, of course, because, as usual, people can only agree to disagree, so there are several different classifications. And it also depends on the genre - young adult novels are usually around 40 000 - 50 000, while epic fantasy can get to the size of a New York phone book (or several), but general consensus is that anything under 40 000 is considered a novella), but more impo
NaNoWriMo Chat ScheduleAre you sick of all the NaNo journals and polls yet? Too bad, because this is another one.
Since I'm super excited about NaNo this year and I absolutely adore being a cheerleader (minus the outfit), I've put together a little schedule of NaNo Chats that will be held in the CRLiterature chatroom.
Aside from the start time, there are no time constraints on the chat events. Each of the Word Wars chats will have at least four fifteen minute rounds of mad typing and the Write Ins will be at least two hours each.
Saturday, November 3rd - Write In @ 10am EST
Wednesday, November 14th - Word Wars @ 7pm EST
Sunday, November 18th - Official Word Wars Chat Tour Stop @ 1pm EST
Monday, November 26th - Write In @ 6pm EST
Thursday, November 29th - Crowd choice of Word Wars or Write In @ 6pm EST
What are Word Wars and Write
Preparing for NaNoWriMo Part 2In my last journal, we discussed the best ways to prepare for NaNo and included a couple tips on how to make that writing go a little faster and smoother. Well, now it's time to discuss how to NOT fail at NaNoWriMo. Because just as there are some really grand ideas on how to prepare yourself and keep yourself on task during the month, there are also going to be those times of self doubt and using excuses to not write. For NaNo, any of those excuses are completely unacceptable [well, except for life threatening excuses - those are allowed].
So once again, I reached out to the Lit Community to find out exactly why other deviants failed at NaNo, or what they found to NOT work for them and compiled it all together in a pretty little list like last time.
What Not to Do
Don't get sucked in Wikipedia, TVtropes or any other sites like that. In fact turn off your WiFi so the internet isn't a distraction. All your research
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