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NaNoWriMo Tip #6: Don’t Think Like an Editor (Yet)

nanowrimoNational Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) launched last week as writers around the globe try to write 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 sixth tip is: Don’t Think Like an Editor. While thinking like an editor is a useful part of the writing process later on, it can get in the way when you are first setting out to write your novel. Let yourself write and see where the story takes you. You may go back and throw out a lot of what you have written, but if you are critiquing your work in the early phase you may disrupt the creative flow.

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Novel Writing: Editing Your DraftStarting July 16, workshop your novel in-progress with a published author! Erika Mailman's course will function as a workshop, with the emphasis on sharing your work for review and providing critiques for your peers. By the end of this class you'll have up to 75 pages of you novel workshopped and developed patterns to improve your writing. Register now!