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5 Quick Tips for Editing your #NaNoWriMo Book

Okay, it is finished. This is November 30th and by midnight you should have 50-thousand words on a new book.  Did you finish writing it?  Are there still some holes you've left that you need to go back and fill in?  What do you do now?

Well, other than drinking a well deserved cup of coffee or champagne to celebrate, take a deep breath, give yourself a big pat on the back, and then... well then it's time to get back to work and look at what you will do with all those words. Don't let them go to waste!  Look for ways to finish that story and get it edited for publication.

Where do you start?  Here are some ideas.

1.  Give yourself a day off.  Writing 50,000 words can take some doing, so give your brain a day of rest. (I drink champagne instead of coffee)

2.  Begin editing with passages you know need fixing.  Sometimes there are parts you know you shortchanged. I find that if I go back and work on those areas immediately it makes the entire editing process easier.

3. Edit i…

5 Writing Tips to Finish NaNoWriMo

With only a week until the end of National Novel Writing month and achieving the goal of writing 50-thousand words, I find sometimes I slow down this last week.  I was able to get totally caught up yesterday after a few dry days, but now I find myself with one week left and that I need to be on track the rest of the way in order to finish on time.

And Thanksgiving is coming, which may mean very little writing time.

So how can I and YOU get through this final week? Here are a few tips.

1.  Go back and re-read your opening.  With a rush to write a full book in a month sometimes we start off all excited and write some great stuff at the beginning but then we start to slough off and not pay attention. Go back to those first pages and look at how you started the book and remember exactly what you set out to do.  That not only gives me new energy for where I am in the book, but it reminds me of a few plot points I might be missing along the way.  I even usually find some extra sentences or d…

5 Tips to Making it Through NaNoWriMo

We're halfway through the month and that means we should be half way through our National Novel Writing Month total or written 25,000 words.  I don't know about the rest of the people taking part in this challenge, but this year I have fallen behind in my count.  I got off to a good start and then attended a retreat that helped get me rejuvenated.  You'd think I'd be farther along.  One of my writing buddies is not only at the halfway mark, she has written 27,000 words.

Now as I turn the corner and begin on the second half of the month I find I need some new inspiration. So what do I suggest now for those others like me who have slowed down to new lows?
Here are 5 tips to get going again or to recommit yourself to finishing and achieving  your goal.

1. Write first thing in the morning.  For the thirty years I was working full time (usually 10-hour days) I always got up and began writing in the morning. Yes, I know some people move slowly at 6am, so I sometimes started…

5 Tips for Getting Started on NaNoWriMo

It's November 2 which means if you are planning on getting started on NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, you should have started yesterday to begin working on the magic 50,000 word count that you need to have finished by the end of the month. 

I got started and blasted right out of the gate, doing more than the average of 1667 words a day. Okay I only completed a little over 1700 words, but it made my average.  The problem with that is that if you start too slow it can cause problems later down the road. If you don't keep up the average you might find yourself with a day where you have to write 3000 words or then 5000. Get the picture? Pretty soon you are so far behind that you can't catch up.

My biggest problem yesterday was that I had my beginning but after I wrote all that I realized I didn't have any place to go with my plot. I wasn't certain where I wanted to start this morning -- pretty pathetic for day two when there are still 28 to go. So what can…