Friday, October 31, 2014

FRIDAY STIR FRY - Missing For The Next 30 Days

Yep, it's almost here. November or as I like to call it Insaneber. Because anyone who thinks they can write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days has to be insane right?

Believe it or not it is possible but it takes a lot of energy, courage and caffeine. Here are a few tricks and treats I've learned over the last 6 years I've participated. (notice how I referenced Halloween there?) Happy Halloween/Samhain! Now to my tips.

  • Absolutely no editing. This is the first rule of NaNo. Lock that editor in the basement. You have no time for his nonsense this month. 
  • Do not use contractions. Don't is one word - do not is two. You can fix it later with find and replace. 
  • Everyone has at least two, three or more names. And they repeat their names a lot. Not only does this up your word count but it helps your brain remember all your characters. Again, you can fix later. 
  • Have a music play list. This not only sets the mood for your story, but, at least in my case, the words flow easier if there is music in the background. 
  • Lots of caffeine and chocolate. Self explanatory. 
  • Set a timer for 10, 15 or 30 minutes. Write non-stop until that sucker goes off. You'll be surprised how many words you will get.
  • Finally - and this is very important. BACK UP YOUR NOVEL AT LEAST EVERY DAY. I can't tell you how many horror stories I've heard of people losing all their hard work. Don't be that person.
I hope you join in, but if not please understand if you don't see or hear from me, I'm probably okay, just busy trying to wrestle a novel out of my brain. You can track my progress by coming by and checking the word count widget to the right.


  1. I'd love to participate. I have lots of ideas that need to be put into text, but right now my current WIP is taking my time. Maybe next year.

    1. You should try it some time Chuck. It sure gets the words out.

  2. Love your list of NaNoWriMo tips. I confess, I've avoided using a contraction more than once! I've also gotten rather loose about what's "real" writing (as is, will it appear in my final manuscript?) and what's "pre-" writing (as in, what do you *mean* I can't count those words?) Any writing I do during this month, on the designated project, gets me closer to my destination--it's progress I wouldn't be making without the NaNoWriMo cheerleaders to encourage me to keep writing at a time.

    Happy writing!

    1. That is the secret. One word at a time. If you start looking at the big picture it can be a bit scary.