NaNoWriMo is Over. Now What?

So it’s December. NaNoWriMo is over. Did you reach 50,000 words? If you did, great! If you didn’t, don’t beat yourself up. Instead, focus on this: did you develop a daily writing habit? Did you learn something about yourself? Excellent!

But what now? Well, go to Fantasy-Faction, and read my new article. You’ll find plenty of helpful hints over there.

Good luck, and keep writing!

T-Minus 10….Thousand Words

This will probably be my final check in for NaNoWriMo. I figure it’s the final stretch, and most people will either want to sprint through it or make up for lost time, so I won’t waste too much of your time–just cheer you on. If you’re on pace, you have just under 10,000 words left. Keep pushing. Heck, push harder so you can relax a bit on Thanksgiving. And if you’re not taking a day off on Thanksgiving, at least push ahead as insurance against a carb coma.

And, if you’re already thinking about your post-NaNoWriMo writing and editing, you may want to check out Chuck Wendig’s NaNoWriMo Bundle. He’s selling six books at a steep discount until the end of the month, and his books are full of great advice. I reviewed the first volume in the bundle–250 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT WRITING–here. Check out the review if you want a taste of his advice. If you’re feeling wiped out and in need of a boot to the ass, or if you just like your writing advice with tons of colorful cursing, this is for you. I really enjoyed the first book, and I can’t wait to read the rest.

Good luck, finish strong, and I’ll see you on the other side.

Moving Right Along with NaNoWriMo

So as of yesterday, I passed 30,000 words on my NaNoWriMo project. I’m well over the halfway point now, and the end is in sight. That’s the good news. The bad news? Well, I’ll hit 50,000 words, that’s for sure. However, I think a good chunk of those words at the end will be a list of problems that need to be addressed to fix the story.

Whatever, I’ll make the deadline, and I’ll know where to go with my next round of revisions. I keep telling myself that 50,000 words isn’t a novel anyway, so I shouldn’t be too upset, but I’m wrapping things up a little too quickly in my story. I’m a little upset that it’s more novella than novel. Ah well.

But, speaking of “next round[s]” and where to go next, I just wrote an article about this topic that will be going up shortly on Fantasy-Fiction. So if you’re wondering what to do come December 1, this should give you a few helpful suggestions. Keep an eye out for that.

NaNoWriMo Check In

How’s everyone doing? Did you hit 10,000 words yesterday? Congratulations! That’s a huge landmark. And you’re 20% of the way done!

What’s that? Didn’t quite make it? It’s okay. There’s a weekend coming up, and you can make up some lost ground. Just keep plugging away, one word at a time. I don’t really have much more to say–just keep working. Find a way to keep conflict going and growing, make sure your characters are pushing the plot forward, and make sure there are surprises and mysteries to keep the readers turning the pages.

But even I realize that this isn’t much of a pep talk. So maybe this will help during those tough times.