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

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Are you ready for my NaNoWriMo Tip #4?

 


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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 #4, for Sunday, November 4th…

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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Day 3 of NaNoWrMo…

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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. 

In fact, here's Tip #3, for Saturday, November 3rd…

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 #28: Here’s what to do to keep your story from being a turkey.

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Over Thanksgiving weekend–yep, NOW!–the pull of family, friends and great food will lull you away from your daily NaNoWriMo goal of 1,350 words or thereabouts.

The more diligent writers will do what they can to double up on their daily word count prior to this holiday. But if you're actually in charge of the feeding frenzy, you may be AWOL the Tuesday and Wednesday of prior to Thanksgiving as well.

That said, here are some food for thought to help you stay on track over the weekend:

1. Don't beat yourself up for taking time off.
It happens to all writers, published or not. I've known of writers who were under deadline during family illnesses, personal illness, while planning weddings, and even planning funerals. Here's the facts: real life gets in the way. If you're lucky to have family to gather with on this wonderful holiday, be thankful about it. You can write when everything calms down.

2. Like getting on a diet, force yourself to get back into your best writing habits.
In the past, these skills have done the job in the past to keep your creative juices flowing. Don't get lazy; get OCD crazy with them again. It's a regimen, so get back on it, and keep to it.

3. Don't worry about overbaking your manuscript.
Layer in atmosphere. Pack it with nuance. Give us the deets on your characters — by showing, not telling.

In other words, more is more.

So stuff it. Stuff. It. Good.

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READ YESTERDAY'S TIP HERE…

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Question of the day: Did you write on Thanksgiving Day? If so, let me know, so I can celebrate with you (that means an extra piece of pie for us both, so YEA!

Happy Thanksgiving — and happy National Novel Writing Month,

— Josie

 

NaNoWriMo Tip #5: Show, don’t tell.

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Because your goal each day of National Novel Writing Month is a word count, it's very easy to fall into a common trap: writing long passages of narration or exposition.

In other words, telling your readers, either via a narrator or the omnipotent third person, what is happening to your characters.

Do yourself a favor and FIGHT this temptation.

Why? Because what you're doing is “telling,” not “showing,” your readers.

Instead, craft your scenes with dialogue. It is much more interesting to your readers to have your characters talk to each other.

No doubt, narration or exposition is also important: for adding atmosphere, for setting up your scenes, for describing where the scenes take place, or how the characters look or feel.

And it utilizes takes more words than dialogue.

But if your characters don't verbalize their thoughts to each other, they aren't interacting normally.

For the majority of us, telepathy isn't an option: all the more reason your characters need to open their mouths to express their feelings.

If you're having a hard time moving from tell to show, pretend you're writing a play. What dialogue would you add to each scene?

Snappy dialogue. Snarky asides. Anger. Heartfelt revelations. All of these expressed emotions make scenes come alive, and make your readers laugh with — or more importantly, fall in love with — your characters.

This NaNoWriMo first draft may not be on par with Arthur Miller or Edward Albee or William Shakespeare, but it will go a long way to being completed if it engages readers.

Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf? Certainly not you!

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HERE'S YESTERDAY'S TIP…

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