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NaNoWriMo Tip #2: Get Some Pep

Kami GarciaNeed some pep in your step? Every year, the organizers behind National Novel Writing Month reach out to authors to write “pep talks” so that participants can turn to a source of encouragement as they work on this daunting task.

Some of the writers who have contributed essays this year include Divergent trilogy author Veronica Roth250 Things You Should Know About Writing author Chuck Wendig, and Beautiful Creatures series co-author Kami Garcia (pictured, via). Here’s an excerpt from Garcia’s piece:

“Give your friend Doubt a name, and then block his calls. I’m not a fast writer. I type with three fingers, and there’s a video on YouTube to prove it. The way I finish my novels is one word at a time. Don’t focus on 50,000 words or 30 days. Just write one word at a time, and focus on hitting your word-count goal one day at a time.”

This is our second NaNoWriMo Tip of the Day. To help GalleyCat readers take on the challenge of writing a draft for a 50,000-word novel in 30 days, we will be offering advice throughout the entire month.

110 Writing Tools in a Single Post

NaNoWriMo LogoNational Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) launched over the weekend! During November, writers around the globe attempt to write a draft for a 50,000-word novel in a 30-day period.

To help GalleyCat readers who are taking this challenge, we will be offering advice throughout the month. Last year, 310,095 NaNoWriMo participants wrote a book in 30 days. Since 2006, the writing marathon has generated more than 250 traditionally published novels.

Every year, we collect and publish links to writing tools and tips to lend a helping hand. For today, we’ve rounded up four years’ worth of advice in a single post for GalleyCat writers. We hope these 110 writing tools will aid those who have signed up to tackle this daunting task.

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Blurb Establishes the Coffee & Quill Society For NaNoWriMo Participants

NaNoWriMo CoverPrepping to take the NaNoWriMo challenge this November? Blurb, an independent book and magazine publishing platform, has established a partnership with National Novel Writing Month.

NaNoWriMo writers are invited to join Blurb’s newly launched Coffee & Quill Society to receive support as they work on their projects. During the 30-day marathon, participants will receive tips through webinars and emails to help with outlining the story of the novel and meeting daily writing goals. Follow this link to watch a webinar featuring Blurb senior content manager Forrest Bryant, NaNoWriMo founder Chris Baty, and NaNoWriMo executive director Grant Faulkner.

Here’s more from the press release: “Blurb is such a believer in new and emerging writers that all Coffee & Quill Society members who complete the NaNoWriMo challenge will receive one copy of their novel in print and ebook form for free. Blurb is the only platform supporting the challenge that enables writers to upload their manuscript and create an ebook and print book from one file. Once writers have uploaded their book, they can utilize the Blurb Global Retail Network that, through a partnership with Ingram Content Group, will enable them to distribute their work to online retailers and bookstores around the world, helping global sales.”

Grammarly Writing Group Publishes NaNoWriMo Novel

grammarlyLast November a group of team members at Grammarly, the online site dedicated to proofreading, wrote a novel during National Novel Writing Month.

This week the group published their book The Lonely Wish-Giver: A Grammo WriMo Novel on Amazon. The eBook is available for $.99 and all of the proceeds will be donated to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

The book was written by around 300 writers from 27 countries. They called the project #GrammoWriMo. Collectively, the team wrote 130,927 unedited words, almost three times the goal of the challenge’s 50,000 words. Follow this link to read our interview with the group about their experience writing as a team.

 

Grammarly Writer Shares NaNoWriMo Group Writing Experience

nanowrimoA group of team members at Grammarly, the online site dedicated to proofreading, set out to write a novel as a group during National Novel Writing Month. Some of the participants had been a part of NaNoWriMo before, but this was the first time any of the participants had worked on a group novel. The project was a success. Collectively, the team wrote 130,927 unedited words, almost three times the goal of the challenge’s 50,000 words.

GalleyCat caught up with Allison VanNest, head of communications at Grammarly, to discuss the process.

GC: Why did you decide to do a NaNoWriMo novel as a group?

AV: Many of us on the Grammarly team are – or have been – participants in National Novel Writing Month. It is a great mental exercise for participants who want to get into the habit of writing more frequently. However, life is busy. Some people are scared away from signing up for NaNoWriMo by the 50,000-word writing requirement. Although this is an attainable goal, we wanted to create an opportunity for writers to participate in NaNoWriMo that would not be so time-consuming. Read more

NaNoWriMo is Over, Now What?

nanowrimoCongratulations to those of you readers that finished the first draft of your novel last month. Great job! Now that you have a 50,000 word rough draft on your hands, what do you do? Take a deep breath.

Is it time to start editing? Maybe, but maybe not. As NaNoWriMo participants discuss on this thread, it might be the right time to leave your project aside for a minute and give yourself a break. You can start the new year with fresh eyes and a red pen. On the other hand, if you are itching to get in there and cut things up and move things around and rework your plot, then it sounds like you might be ready for editing.

If you haven’t quite finished your NaNoWriMo novel yet, don’t abandon your project. Use the rest of the year to finish up your first draft and continue on to editing in the new year.

NaNoWriMo Tip # 20: Don’t Be Self-Critical

nanowrimoNational Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is almost over, as writers around the globe try to finish a 50,000-word novel draft in a single month.

To help the GalleyCat readers taking this challenge, we will be offering NaNoWriMo advice throughout the month. Last year, 341,375 participants wrote a novel in 30 days through the NaNoWriMo program. The writing marathon has generated more than 250 traditionally published novels, according to the organizers.

Our twentieth tip is: Don’t Be Self-Critical. You are almost there, keep writing. Finish the text. Save the criticism for your editing phase, and make sure it is constructive. We gleaned this advice from the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency’s blog, which includes 44 helpful tips. http://jeanvnaggarliteraryagency.blogspot.com/2013/11/44-nanowrimo-tips-and-tricks-from-24.html

NaNoWriMo Tip #19: Power Write Through The Holiday Weekend

nanowrimoNational Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is slowly coming to an end, as writers around the globe try to finish a 50,000-word novel draft in a single month.

To help the GalleyCat readers taking this challenge, we will be offering NaNoWriMo advice throughout the month. Last year, 341,375 participants wrote a novel in 30 days through the NaNoWriMo program. The writing marathon has generated more than 250 traditionally published novels, according to the organizers.

Our nineteenth tip is: Power Write Through The Holiday Weekend. The final days of the month are closing in, but lucky for many there is a long four-day holiday weekend upon us. If you have a day job, chances are that this weekend you’ll have a nice long break from it, a great excuse to finish your novel. That’s 96 hours to get your book done. Take full advantage of this situation and get writing.

NaNoWriMo Tip #18: Drink Some Coffee

nanowrimoNational Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is slowly coming to an end, as writers around the globe try to finish a 50,000-word novel draft in a single month.

To help the GalleyCat readers taking this challenge, we will be offering NaNoWriMo advice throughout the month. Last year, 341,375 participants wrote a novel in 30 days through the NaNoWriMo program. The writing marathon has generated more than 250 traditionally published novels, according to the organizers.

Our eighteenth tip is: Drink Some Coffee. It’s been a long month but there are still a few days left and you may still have a lot to get done. Take a break. Pour yourself a cup of coffee, or tea or other drink that gets you going. Now return to your writing and go for it. You can do it!

NaNoWriMo Tip #17: Listen to the Advice of Great Authors

nanowrimoNational Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is slowly coming to an end, as writers around the globe try to finish a 50,000-word novel draft in a single month.

To help the GalleyCat readers taking this challenge, we will be offering NaNoWriMo advice throughout the month. Last year, 341,375 participants wrote a novel in 30 days through the NaNoWriMo program. The writing marathon has generated more than 250 traditionally published novels, according to the organizers.

Our seventeenth tip is: Listen to the Great Authors. Think Catalog has put together a very entertaining and useful list of writing tips from authors including: Mark Twain, Dorothy Parker and Neil Gaiman. Kurt Vonnegut‘s tip: “Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college.”

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