Writing in November: Almost Over

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is almost over for another year, but we’re not done with it yet! If you’re looking for that final burst of tips and pep there is a lot of it out there both on and off the NaNoWriMo website and social media. Here, I’ve got just a few more tips/tricks to offer.

  • Listen to your body – Whether you’re ahead, behind, or on track it’s tempting to push through any pain in your body. I’ve been there several times. The biggest thing to keep in mind is listening to your body. Those pangs of pain you’re feeling in your back? It’s your body telling you to get up and stretch. Others have issues with their hands or legs. Try setting an extra alarm so you remember to get up and stretch. Don’t forget to get something to keep you hydrated while you stretch!
  • Blogs, blogs, blogs – One of my favorite things about this time of year is the blogs of writers. Chuck Wendig has a blog for writers all year long and every Friday he challenges with a prompt. John Scalzi wrote a NaNoWriMo specific post earlier this year that another EPL Staff member shared with me that I felt needed to be shared again here. Scalzi linked to Scott Westerfeld’s NaNoWriMo post as well. Click here for John Scalzi books at the library and here for Scott Westerfeld books at the library.
  • Word sprints/word wars – Can’t seem to motivate yourself to get those last few hundred words in for the night? Or can’t seem to motivate yourself to finish a boring scene? Try a word sprint/word war! Sometimes a playful competition with friends or other writers is just the thing to help you finish off that troublesome scene.
  • Going somewhere – From my personal experience it’s inevitable that there’s at least one person in your life or one person you come across who asks “why are you doing this?” or says “it won’t go anywhere”.  The truth behind this is it depends on you. If you put forth the effort to get it out there it CAN go somewhere. NaNoWriMo was nice enough to have a section where they list NaNoWriMo participants who have had a NaNoWriMo project published. No, you’re not seeing things, Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen started out as a NaNoWriMo project and ended up as a movie! Click here for the list provided by NaNoWriMo. (Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is a book written in a different style that is a great example if you’re writing something different or looking to read something different.)

Don’t forget, the library has an event Monday the 24th at 6:30 P.M. if you have questions or want to come and talk about writing or National Novel Writing Month! Click here for details.

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About Heather

I often go by Razor as my nickname based on my last name. I work at a library and also write. I write anything from novels to poetry and I live for the written word.
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