My NaNoWriMo Tips: You can read them here, in order…

RockBottom RemaindersEvery day through November, I've been supporting those participating in National Novel Writing Month by launching posts on creative writing tips (usually by 12 noon PDT) that will help them reach their goal: writing 50,000 words in their novel.

Here are their links:

Tip #1: Treat writing a if it is your career.

Tip #2: Outline the plot of your story.

Tip #3: Don't give up!

Tip #4: Meet your word count first; then edit.

 

Enjoy,

Josie



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NaNoWriMo Tip #1: Treat writing as if it’s your career.

 

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My first tip: Treat writing as a career.

Why? Because those of us who call ourselves writers don't see it as a hobby.

It is how we spend the bulk of our work day.

It is our primary source of income.

It is a way of life.

As such, the term “avocation” fits it well. But so does the word “vocation.”

That's because writing is also our chosen career.

It can be yours, too — if you choose to make it such.

Fate (zeitgeist, fairy dust, whatever) has a lot to do with any writer's success. But so does determination. That thing called inspiration happens to everyone–but not everyone puts in the hard work to take a high concept and develop it into a full-length story that plays out page after page, and keeps readers intrigued until the very last sentence.

I truly believe that those of us who take the time and make the effort can be published.

I believe that person is YOU.

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TOMORROW, I'LL HAVE ANOTHER TIP FOR YOU…

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If you think so, too, comment below as to why. What drives you to write?

 

— Josie


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