In his frank Last Minute NaNoWrMo Tips essay, author and writing teacher Larry Brooks (pictured) offered National Novel Writing Month participants some unorthodox advice: “Don’t finish. Make this the start of something.”

This is our second National Novel Writing Month Tip of the Day. As writers around the country join the writing marathon this month, we will share one piece of advice or writing tool to help you cope with this daunting project. Share your frustrations and progress in the comments section.

Here’s an excerpt from the essay: “Beginning NaNoWrMo without the ambition to create something of value, to simply experience the act of writing 50,000 unstructured words, is like getting married without the intention of making the relationship work. Certainly we begin our primary relationships without knowing everything.  The discovery of the unknown can be part of the bliss, because you can apply that learning toward making the future even richer.”

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