10 Questions to Brainstorm for Your NaNoWriMo Novel

10 Questions to Brainstorm for Your NaNoWriMo Novel

10 Questions to Brainstorm for Your NaNoWriMo Novel Are you ready to write a novel in 30 days? November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and thousands of writers will be making a commitment to write a novel. Per the rules, writers must start a new story and write 50,000 words to win. The novel doesn’t need to be complete, and if you hit the word count ahead of time, you’re free to keep writing. The concept of writing a novel in a month is a noble one. It gives writers an opportunity and the motivation to complete a novel, sometimes for the first time in their lives. It’s no surprise that one of the biggest challenges writers face on December 1st is a really bad first draft of their NaNoWriMo novel. Writers may end up with a bunch of words they can’t use. Plot details that need to be reworked. Setting that needs to be reconsidered. Characters that need to be developed. And...
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How to Meet Your Daily Word Count Target Day After Day

How to Meet Your Daily Word Count Target Day After Day

How to Meet Your Daily Word Count Target Day After Day Last week I wrote about setting a realistic word count target. Today, I wanted to share some tips to help you meet that target day after day. Setting a daily or weekly target that is attainable is important for us to reach our writing goals. But we also need to set ourselves up so that we’re able to meet our word count target. Just because we set a writing goal or target doesn’t mean we’ll actually achieve it. Life gets in the way or you feel stumped, and before you know it, you’re so far behind that it seems like there’s no hope for ever getting caught up. While the target is attainable and realistic, writing the actual words is a different story. So, how can you make sure you meet your daily word count target every day? By knowing the story. One of the best things you can do to stay on...
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One Big Strategy to Tapping into Your Creative Genius

One Big Strategy to Tapping into Your Creative Genius

One Big Strategy to Tapping into Your Creative Genius Are you ready to tap into your creative genius and get more writing done? Would you like to sit down to write and be rewarded with a fountain of ideas that never runs dry? Many writers, especially aspiring writers, are afraid they’re not creative enough to write a novel. They think that if they were meant to write, they’d have ideas coming out of their ears and that they’d be able to write easily and effortlessly. The writing would flow. And the ideas would keep coming in one after another. Because of this belief, many of these writers don’t even try. Or they do try it out, discover it’s a lot harder than they thought, and then give it up. If a writer thinks he’s not creative enough, he may be right. But he’s only taking into account his current abilities. He may not feel creative today, but if he devotes time to it, he’ll...
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