Are you surprised I haven’t mentioned NaNoWriMo this year? Whew, I’ve been so busy. I won’t talk about what NaNoWriMo is because by now, if you’re interested, you already know.
Maybe you can learn some things from my NaNo Experience.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not an expert in this. My three years and two days is a drop in the bucket compared to some. This is about how my NaNoWriMo experience has evolved in almost four years. I follow most of the rules except I’ve learned a lot. (Last year I rebelled) But…my biggest rule breaker might be the one where I allow my inner-editor to sit on my shoulder. Heck, she can sit on my lap if she wants. I’ll share my M&M’s with her. After all, I’m used to sharing my chocolate with my stubborn little muse.
- Strikethroughs HEY YOU, yes you—do not delete that word. ← (The old me.)
- Don’t Do not use contractions
- Use plenty—I repeat, plenty of adverbs, adjectives, extra words of any kind to get your daily count. Make your character write a recipe or shopping list. (Oh, wait, maybe that’s just me.)
- Send the drill sergeant of an inner-editor away on a thirty day vacation
- Misspell words, skip them and keep going. (Ekk, I hated this!)
- Eww! I wrote run-on sentences.
- M’bad for all of the above?
Do you want to get your word count when you’re stumped? Go ahead, use the above ideas for yourself. Been there done that. Please, don’t remember who gave you these ideas when you start revisions.
- I don’t have a strikethrough key. (Shh, I really do, but don’t tell.)
- Don’t use contractions? What? You don’t want to hear how many four-letter words I’ve used because of this. I’m writing fiction here, I shall use contractions. (Trying this will kill you in editing—almost make you throw your computer out the window. And check the mirror. You’ll be missing some hair.
- Adverbs, adjectives…I’m still torn on this. Yes, I use some. Even my editor used one or two in a suggestion the other day. Yay! In a draft I’m not afraid to use these. (In my revisions I admit to using more than I should.) How about you?
- If my inner-editor thinks she’s going on a vacation in November, she better think again. My inner-editor needs to remain right here on my shoulder beside Ms. Sexy Innocence—my muse.
- Misspelled words. Absolutely not! I can’t do it. (If you find one here, let me know because I’m human. :-0)
- Run-on sentences. (Okay I still do write run-on sentences, even in my best work. Thank God for editors. Yes, I got called on a few recently.) Don’t hate me.
My recommendation is to write as many words as you can, when you can, because there will be days you won’t be able to get your daily count. Life happens.
Now when I do NaNoWriMo, I do what is easiest for me. You need to find what works for you. Newbies, and never be ashamed to admit you’re a newbie, go ahead and learn what it takes to write 1,667 words a day.
Being a full-time writer helps. I admit to this because my writing hours aren’t limited like they used to be. BUT…and yes, this is a big but—I’m trying to get two books out, so in reality, some of my time is limited. One went back to one of my editors today. At any time now, I could receive the edits back on Hey, Cowboy, so I need to adjust and write as much as I can for my “NaNo Novel”, while I can.
Oh, I’m glad you asked. This year, 2013, my NaNo novel is the second book in the Double Dutch Ranch Series: Love at First Sight. (Could it get any longer?) Of course, the first book is Cowboy Boss and his Destiny ♥ ← Coming Soon.
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Hey, Cowboy, Bk 2 is my 2012 NaNo Novel
In the sidebar you’ll see a counter for 500K in 2013. I’m running behind, but even I have to admit 330K is a lot of words to write in eleven months.
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