Many authors take on the daunting task every November of pledging to complete a manuscript within one month. It is an ambitious undertaking. I envy every author who successfully accomplishes the task. Unfortunately, I have never succeeded in completing any story within one month.
B.C. or Before Children, I always tried to write 2,000 words per day. At this rate, I was able to finish a manuscript within a three month span. My post-kid status is, ahem, not exactly up to the same standard, but I still try to write every single day.
The best advice I’ve received from another author came in two parts and I believe it could apply for those hoping to participate in NaNoWriMo:
1) Write What You Know
If you hope to have a believable story, it’s good to write about something you are familiar with. Now, this isn’t to say you can’t take on a foreign topic and learn about it through research. It just means if you know what you’re writing about, there is more authenticity to the work and it “feels real.”
While this seems obvious, that’s not always the case. Writer’s block is a terrible condition that most authors contract at some point in their careers. Write through it. Even if your first draft isn’t great, once you have a draft, you can always go back and revise it later.
Here’s to everyone preparing to participate in NaNoWriMo! Happy Writing!
SIMPLE MISCONCEPTION (JORDAN JAMES, PI BOOK FOUR)
“A Trip to the Big Easy Turns into a Big Nightmare…”
When private investigator Jordan James returns home to New Orleans for Christmas, she never imagined her holiday could end with kidnapping and death. As she begins to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a childhood friend, she unwittingly stumbles upon a dangerous, international syndicate. With lives at risk and time running short, Jordan must find a connection between these seemingly unrelated events if she ever hopes to find her friend.
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