My NaNoWriMo Tips

Happy NaNoWriMo!

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As in the past, each day in November I'll be posting tips to help other authors.

I've been blessed to have impressed enough book editors to have them bid, win, work with me and publish five novels and three non-fiction books. Since then I've written another seventeen novels. It's time to give back, and I'll be doing just that — to you, and other aspiring authors — for the next thirty days.

Stop by and read my one tip a day, during the month of November, as you tap tap tap out your daily writing goals, which (fingers crossed) puts you on firm footing with your novel.

Click here for today's tip…

NaNoWriMo  November 1, Tip #1

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NaNoWriMo November 30, Tip #30

 

My NaNoWriMo Tips!

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A tip a day keeps you scribblin' away.

Okay, not exactly a great line, but it gets the point across. And as my tips say here, "I'll edit on the back end."

And so will you–but first things first

Every 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 links to my tips:

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.

 Tip #5: Show, don't tell.

Tip #6: Recognize when your" backstory" is really your story.

Tip #7: Chapter doesn't work? Fix it in "post."

Tip #8: Why every story needs a beginning, a middle and an end.

 Tip #9:What to do when your story is boring, even to you.

Tip #10: Better late than never. Here's why.

Tip #11: Choose the right writing voice. If your voice is wrong, change it.

Tip #12: Stuck? Change your writing pattern.

Tip #13: Make your readers love your hero.

 Tip #14: Is writing a craft, or an art?

Tip #15: 3 ways in which you sabotage your creative writing process.

Tip #16: How to get out of "paragraph paralysis."

17. The emotional depth of your characters is important.

18. Writing a novel is a marathon, so pace yourself.

19.Scene needs a rewrite? Try changing the point of view.

20. Write the way George Clooney acts: with confidence.

21. Every word counts. Here's why.

22. If your dialogue doesn't match the character, fix it! Now!

23. Make sure your novel isn't half-baked.

24. It's not what you mean, but how you phrase it.

25. Yes, you need an agent. Here's why.

 

Good luck with your own manuscript. I look forward to buying your book, too!

 Josie

 

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My NaNoWriMo Tip #30: Follow my motto, “Last author standing.”

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It's NaNoWriMo Month! (National Novel Writing Month, for the uninitiated…)

For those of you who have begun writing your first book, every day I'll repost my fave creative writing tips here, just for you.

Here's Tip #30, for Friday, the 30th…

The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too. The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too.

Here's to your success as an author,

— Josie Brown

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My NaNoWriMo Tip #28: Your character said WHAT???

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It's NaNoWriMo Month! (National Novel Writing Month, for the uninitiated…)

For those of you who have begun writing your first book, every day I'll repost my fave creative writing tips here, just for you.

Here's Tip #28, for Wednesday, the 28th…

The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too. The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too.

Here's to your success as an author,

— Josie Brown

My NaNoWriMo Tip #27: Bad query letter. (Just sayin’.)

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It's NaNoWriMo Month! (National Novel Writing Month, for the uninitiated…)

For those of you who have begun writing your first book, every day I'll repost my fave creative writing tips here, just for you.

Here's Tip #27, for Tuesday, the 27th…

The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too. The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too.

Here's to your success as an author,

— Josie Brown

Don’t forget to enter my HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN’S GUIDE TO GRACIOUS KILLING contest, for a chance to win a $100 gift card to the bookstore of your choice!

 

 


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My NaNoWriMo Tip #26: How to get an agent.

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It's NaNoWriMo Month! (National Novel Writing Month, for the uninitiated…)

For those of you who have begun writing your first book, every day I'll repost my fave creative writing tips here, just for you.

Here's Tip #26, for Monday, the 26th…

The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too. The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too.

Here's to your success as an author,

— Josie Brown

Don’t forget to enter my HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN’S GUIDE TO GRACIOUS KILLING contest, for a chance to win a $100 gift card to the bookstore of your choice!

 

 


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My NaNoWriMo Tip #25: Why, and when,authors need an agent.

 

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It's NaNoWriMo Month! (National Novel Writing Month, for the uninitiated…)

For those of you who have begun writing your first book, every day I'll repost my fave creative writing tips here, just for you.

Here's Tip #25, for Sunday, the 25th…

 

Here's to your success as an author,

— Josie Brown

 

 

My NaNoWriMo Tip #24: Why your phrasing is important!

 

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It's NaNoWriMo Month! (National Novel Writing Month, for the uninitiated…)

For those of you who have begun writing your first book, every day I'll repost my fave creative writing tips here, just for you.

Here's Tip #24, for Saturday, the 24th…

The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too. The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too.

Here's to your success as an author,

— Josie Brown

Don’t forget to enter my HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN’S GUIDE TO GRACIOUS KILLING contest, for a chance to win a $100 gift card to the bookstore of your choice!

 

 


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My NaNoWriMo Tip #23: Make sure your plot isn’t half-baked!


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It's NaNoWriMo Month! (National Novel Writing Month, for the uninitiated…)

For those of you who have begun writing your first book, every day I'll repost my fave creative writing tips here, just for you.

Here's Tip #23, for Friday, the 23th…

The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too. The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too.

Here's to your success as an author,

— Josie Brown

Don’t forget to enter my HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN’S GUIDE TO GRACIOUS KILLING contest, for a chance to win a $100 gift card to the bookstore of your choice!

 

 


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My NaNoWriMo Tip #22: No, Your manuscript is NOT a turkey…if you…

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It's NaNoWriMo Month! (National Novel Writing Month, for the uninitiated…)

For those of you who have begun writing your first book, every day I'll repost my fave creative writing tips here, just for you.

Here's Tip #22, for Thursday, the 22th…

The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too. The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too.

Here's to your success as an author,

— Josie Brown

Don’t forget to enter my HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN’S GUIDE TO GRACIOUS KILLING contest, for a chance to win a $100 gift card to the bookstore of your choice!

 

 


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My NaNoWriMo Tip #21: Why EVERY word counts!

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It's NaNoWriMo Month! (National Novel Writing Month, for the uninitiated…)

For those of you who have begun writing your first book, every day I'll repost my fave creative writing tips here, just for you.

Here's Tip #21, for Wednesday, the 21th…

The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too. The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too.

Here's to your success as an author,

— Josie Brown


Don’t forget to enter my HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN’S GUIDE TO GRACIOUS KILLING contest, for a chance to win a $100 gift card to the bookstore of your choice!

 

 


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My NaNoWriMo Tip #20: Become the George Clooney of writers.

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It's NaNoWriMo Month! (National Novel Writing Month, for the uninitiated…)

For those of you who have begun writing your first book, every day I'll repost my fave creative writing tips here, just for you.

Here's Tip #20, for Tuesday, the 20th…

The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too. The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too.

Here's to your success as an author,

— Josie Brown


Don’t forget to enter my HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN’S GUIDE TO GRACIOUS KILLING contest, for a chance to win a $100 gift card to the bookstore of your choice!

 

 


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My Tip #19 for NaNoWriMo: To rewrite a scene, change the point of view.

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It's NaNoWriMo Month! (National Novel Writing Month, for the uninitiated…)

For those of you who have begun writing your first book, every day I'll repost my fave creative writing tips here, just for you.

Here's Tip #19, for Monday, the 19th…

The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too. The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too.

Here's to your success as an author,

— Josie Brown

 

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My NaNoWriMo Tip #18: Why authors have to pace themselves.

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It's NaNoWriMo Month! (National Novel Writing Month, for the uninitiated…)

For those of you who have begun writing your first book, every day I'll repost my fave creative writing tips here, just for you.


Here's Tip #18, for Saturday, the 18th…

The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too.
The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too.

Here's to your success as an author,


— Josie Brown

Don’t forget to enter my HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN’S GUIDE TO GRACIOUS KILLING contest, for a chance to win a $100 gift card to the bookstore of your choice!

 

 


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NaNoWriMo Tip #18: Writing a novel is a marthon, so pace yourself.

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Congratulations! You are more than half-way through this exhilarating creative writing marathon called  National Novel Writing Month. For the past seventeen days you've gone pens-to-the-wall, sprinting beyond word counts (1,350, 4,500, 10,000) that some of you never thought you'd achieve.

You have each other to thank: nothing inspires more than a group grope, especially when it comes to an artistic challenge.

But it's only Day 18, and you've still got a hella lotta words to go.

If you've been hitting your word count of 1,650 words a day, then I'm guessing you're somwhere over 28,000 words. In a 300-page book, that would put you just under a third of the way into your book.

Youch.

If you've found yourself running out of steam, don't panic. These three tips should give you your second wind:

1. Move forward, not backward, in this writing process.
At this juncture, resist the urge to edit or rewrite. Just follow your outline. Trust me, you'll have plenty of time to revisit those bumps you've hit along the way: in fact, IMMEDIATELY after you've completed your manuscript. I know you'll have the urge to show it to everyone you know, but don't. It's like putting on your makeup in the dark: what you DON'T want others to see could have easily been corrected in the light of day.

2. Whenever possible, schedule a “creative break” prior to writing.
By its nature, writing is a solitary experience. You are staring at a page (or computer screen) for whatever number of hours you put into reaching your daily goal.

All the more reason to get out into the real world, even if it's just for an hour. It's the best way to hydrate your creative writing process.

Every day I take a walk, usually a different one from the day before. I'm lucky in that I can walk with my husband. Because he's also a professional writer (a journalist) he's a great person with whom to bounce ideas around. It is one of the best ways in which to work through my plot concerns. Just hearing myself express my problem out loud gives me a new perspective, and helps me find a detour around it. Don't have a life partner who is also a writer? No problem, make close friends with people who also have a passion for writing.

3. Give yourself a reward.
Some people make it a favorite food or beverage. I ‘Flix a movie, or a television show I've missed. Sometimes I pick up the latest copy of New Yorker. I find myself doubly inspired when I pick up on some current event. In fact, my book, The Baby Planner, was inspired by an article I'd read (sitting in a doctor's waiting room) on the topic of this new profession. And yes, the idea for my next book also came from an article I'd read, this time over lunch with an online edition of the New York Times.

You never know when the next perfect “what if” idea will come. If you're lucky, you'll be able to incorporate it into your next scene, and continue the NaNoWriMo marathon.

Notice a pattern here?

Keep your eyes open, and your mind clear.

(c) 2011 Josie Brown. All Rights Reserved

The photo above is of actor Dustin Hoffman, when he starred in Marathon Man, the movie, based on the book by the same name, written by screenwriting legend William Goldman. His memoirs —  Adventures in the Screen Trade: A Personal View of Hollywood and Screenwriting (1983), and Which Lie Did I Tell? (More Adventures in the Screen Trade)(2000) — are must-reads for anyone interested in writing in Hollywood.

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Question of the day: What has been the most exhausting part of the NaNoWriMo process? How do you put it in perspective, and move forward? 

Happy plotting (Yes. You. Can), and Happy National Novel Writing Month,

— Josie

 

My 17th NaNoWriMo Tip: Why your characters need emotional depth.

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It's NaNoWriMo Month!
(National Novel Writing Month, for the uninitiated…)

For those of you who have begun writing your first book, every day I'll repost my fave creative writing tips here, just for you.


Here's Tip #17, for Saturday, the 17th

The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too.

The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too.

Here's to your success as an author,

— Josie Brown

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My NaNoWriMo Tip #15 is on authors sabotage their writing, and their careers.


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It's NaNoWriMo Month
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(National Novel Writing Month, for the uninitiated…)

For those of you who have begun writing your first book, every day I'll repost my fave creative writing tips here, just for you. 

Here's Tip #15, for Thursday, the 15th…

The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too.

Here's to your success as an author,

— Josie Brown

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My NaNoWriMo Tip #13: It’s called Hero Love

It's NaNoWriMo Month!

(National Novel Writing Month, for the uninitiated…)

For those of you who have begun writing your first book, every day I'll repost my fave creative writing tips here, just for you.

Here's Tip #13, for Tuesday, the 13th…

The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too.

Here's to your success as an author,

My NaNoWriMo Tip #12 is on getting out of a writing rut…

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It's NaNoWriMo Month!

(National Novel Writing Month, for the uninitiated…)

For those of you who have begun writing your first book, every day I'll repost my fave creative writing tips here, just for you. 

Here's Tip #12, for Monday, the 12th…

The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too.

Here's to your success as an author,

— Josie Brown

Don’t forget to enter my HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN’S GUIDE TO GRACIOUS KILLING contest, for a chance to win a $100 gift card to the bookstore of your choice!

 

 

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My 10th NaNoWriMo Tip is here…

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It's NaNoWriMo Month!

(National Novel Writing Month, for the uninitiated…)

For those of you who have begun writing your first book, every day I'll repost my fave creative writing tips here, just for you. 

Here's Tip #10, for Saturday, the 10th…

The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too.

Here's to your success as an author,

— Josie Brown

Don’t forget to enter my HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN’S GUIDE TO GRACIOUS KILLING contest, for a chance to win a $100 gift card to the bookstore of your choice!

 

 

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