Kira Brady

Nov 8
National Novel Writing Month 2011

You may have seen your friends kvetching about this mysterious “NaNo” or “NaNoWriMo” this month. You may have already signed up for the challenge. Either way, I have some Brilliant advice to guide you on your journey to understand this cultish self-flaggelation that is writing a novel in 30 days.

National Novel Writing Month is an international endevor to write 50,000 words (which is typically only half of a novel) during the month of November.



2) Write 50,000 words…or 1,666 words per day.


Technically NaNo is supposed to be the start of a new project, but it’s great motivation to work on something with a lot of international peeps who also feel your pain. NaNo is all about quantity over quality. At the end of the month you should have a zero draft of your novel. December is national editing month. During November DON’T think about editing. Turn off your internal editor entirely. Just write.

I strongly recommend Dr. Wicked’s Write or Die for this. Just type in 1,666 into the word goal field and push start. Then type your fingers off. Don’t stop.

Good luck to all who have taken up the challenge. For those of you cheering from the sidelines, send cake!

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