Wednesday, October 17, 2012

National Novel Writing Month

Gah! It's just around the corner and there is loads of advice out there on how to win. But I'm not going to talk about that. Well not JUST about that.

The thing I don't think those of us intimate with the writing world see is the opportunity before us - not to write a book, we're already doing that. But to get other people writing. Therefore, this post is directed to my readers who have thought about writing at one time or another, but never started.




November is national novel writing month! (NaNoWriMo) What a better time to start the book you've always been dreaming of? I know some of my friends have awesome ideas that they've told me about and asked me to write. Here's the thing, if it's not my idea I'm not going to have the vision that you do to write it.

I couldn't pull off your ideas half as well as you can. So get writing! The challenge of NaNo is to write 50,000 words in one month. That's only 1,666 words a day for the month of November. Even if you don't 'win' and write 50,000 words. At least take the chance to start writing. There's no time like the present :)

As far as winning goes, here's my tip (and you'll hear this over and over): Have a plan, and write any chance you can get!

Some plotting tools for anyone interested in starting:

http://thescriptlab.com/screenwriting/structure/the-sequence/45-the-eight-sequences
http://www.kkitts.net/downloads/files/TenScenePlot.pdf

Get prepared now because the month of November will fly by! 


 
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