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Ammo For Your NaNoWriMo Adventure


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Brinton Gould, Writer | November 3, 2017

How to Write a Novel in 50,000 Easy Words--

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is a writing activity/challenge. You must write 50,000 words in a month, a tall order for 30 days. But many people from all walks of life accomplish it.

From grannies to Gerber babies, successful NaNoWriMo writers listen to core advice. Follow these steps for success.

  • Write 1600 words/day, approx. 6 pages
  • Don’t listen to your own criticism, write first think later
  • Do NOT rush with development. You wouldn’t want to feel bored after chapter three.
  • Use descriptors to immerse the reader in the setting
  • Write or type down any potential idea and save it for later.
  • Make your characters likeable and antagonists unlikeable.
  • When stuck, transition the location to move on

If you do choose to write for a living, or want to break into the community, NaNoWriMo is an excellent starting point. You can submit your work on their site as you progress, having other writers give you advice along the way.

Want something more hands on? The Idea Exchange libraries have local writer workshops taught by published writers. This event is for anyone and everyone.

One last thing; since 2006, hundreds of NaNoWriMo books have been published. Publishers include Penguin Books, HarperCollins, and Scholastic Books to name a few. Of course self-publication is always an option, along with writing just for the fun. Refuse to ignore your creativeness. You’ll be granted more opportunities than you think.

Brinton Gould, is an award winning writer and published author. Placing third in his age group of the NPAAMB (Niagara Peninsula Aboriginal Area Management Board) Provincial writing competition, he is planning on attending Wilfrid Laurier University in Fall of 2019 for English, broadcasting and communication studies, and journalism.