Thursday’s Thirteen: Nanowrimo’s Winning Strategies


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  1. I rarely prepare for the nano expect to clean my house and buy convenience food for my family. Although I did write this post last week to prepare for the nano.
  2. I won’t be doing much cooking or cleaning once the nano starts (although I will cook the Thanksgiving dinner).
  3. Sometimes I start three completely different MSs to see which one will keep my attention for the entire month. This can get a little dicey if I decide to do that on November 1.
  4. I never plot out anything. To quote Chris Batty (co-creator and former director of the nanowrimo website), “Plot Happens.” And it truly does.
  5. Whether your story is about a vegan werewolf, a mermaid afraid of the ocean, or a blood blind vampire, an engaging story line is key to keeping your interest for the entire month.
  6. My total focus is on word count and so should yours be.
  7. I tell my interior editor to “shut the hell up” and mean it.
  8. Do not edit. I can’t stress this enough and this is what messes up most writers who enter the nano contest. If it bothers you that much then promise yourself that you’ll edit after the month is over.
  9. ***Editing during the nano takes too much time that you can’t afford.***
  10. Do not read over what you wrote to where you left off the day before.
  11. It’s okay to read your entire ms in the beginning when your word count is low.
  12. However, when you get up to the middle word count (25 K) reading over all those words will take a great deal of time you can’t afford.
  13. My mantra and yours should be: is WORD COUNT, WORD COUNT, WORD COUNT.  Nothing else matters if you want to win!
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10 comments on “Thursday’s Thirteen: Nanowrimo’s Winning Strategies

  1. No editing! Oh dear. I’m in trouble. I tend to write for several days and then edit for several days. I don’t know if I can only write and not edit for a month!.

    Thanks for this list. Helpful, actually.

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