Thursday, November 20, 2014

My NaNo-less November + NaNo Resources

For only the second November in seven years, I have opted out of NaNoWriMo. It feels a bit like I'm missing a limb, but I have a very good excuse for bowing out of the writing fanaticism this year. Editing.

For those of you in the throes of NaNo, the promised hopefully helpful resources!

On Writer's Block
Everybody has writer's block problems. It's nothing to be ashamed of. But what is it? What causes it? How do you avoid it? Learning the truth about writer's block is probably the single most advantageous thing a writer can learn, especially a Wrimo writer.

The Four Stages of NaNo
It's always good to know what you're up against. 

Video playlist | Blog
If your NaNo story is falling apart at this tricky stage, a popular option is to head to the NaNo Dares board or delve into some unnecessary back story. This is great to plump up your wordcount, but in revision that will wind up in the trash. Instead, I advise taking a few minutes, an hour, or even a day to brainstorm. You might lose some writing time, but a brainstorming session could save you from the frustration of writer's block, and lots of revision in the long run.

So what are your plans after NaNo? Are you going to shove those 50,000 words into a shoebox under your bed, or are you going to turn that first draft into a book? This video series is all about editing and revising that NaNo mess into something publishable. And you know you want to publish.

Good luck, Wrimos!

EDIT: Random update, guys, but did you hear Longmire lives?! I'm so excited this show is coming back on Netflix! ^_^ 

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