Category Archives: National Novel Writing Month

The #NaNo that Never Ends by Jocelyn Koehler

I’m delighted to welcome back to the blog fellow writer Jocelyn Koehler. Because she’s a professional writer—and very dedicated to her work—she cranks out an amazing number of words every single day. Read what she says about the never-ending #NaNo … Continue reading

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#NaNoWriMo: Rewrite and Move Forward Faster by Rochelle Melander

The past is never dead. It’s not even past. —William Faulkner Before you freak out and say—“What, I’m doing National Novel Writing Month! I have thousands of words to write, why would I rewrite any one of them!”—notice that I … Continue reading

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Doing #NaNoWriMo by the Numbers by Rill

The course of Nanowrimo writers never does run smooth. —Lysander, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, paraphrase If I write 1,667 words a day beginning today, I will complete National Novel Writing Month on November 30 with ten words to spare. I never write … Continue reading

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Wednesday Writing Prompt: Plotting Your #NaNoWriMo Book by Rochelle Melander

Are you a plotter or pantser? Plotters plan out the scenes in their novels, pantsers fly by the seat of their pants. The saying comes from aviation. One can fly a plane two ways: using one’s instruments or using one’s … Continue reading

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How to Build Your Own #NaNoWriMo Challenge by Rochelle Melander

Every November thousands of otherwise normal people give up their spare time and write a 50,000-word novel in a month. The challenge is called National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo for short. Some participants are published writers who do this every … Continue reading

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How to Have Fun AND Create Amazing Characters by Rochelle Melander

Dear Writers, It’s time to plan for National Novel Writing Month, and I can help! Tomorrow at the Write Now! Mastermind class, I’ll be talking to Angela Ackerman about building great characters. If you’re not signed up yet, you can … Continue reading

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Building Authentic Heroes by Angela Ackerman

Are you ready to NaNo? If not, I can help! Next week, I’ll be welcoming Angela Ackerman to the Write Now! Mastermind class to talk about Character Creation: Forging an Unforgettable Hero. We’ll meet next Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 12:00 PM CDT … Continue reading

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How to Create Conflict and Plot Out of Character by K.M. Weiland

If you’re a NaNoWriMo participant or wannabe, you know that we’re counting down the days to the 2013 challenge with lots of blog posts to help you prepare. Next Tuesday, I’ll be offering a chance to win a copy of … Continue reading

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Keeping Track by Rochelle Melander

How does a novelist remember all those details about character and plot? I’ve been working with a teenaged client who’s writing an epic tale. He predicts the story will take seven books to tell. And, of course, with that much … Continue reading

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The NaNoWriMo Survival Kit by Peter Andrews

So we’re eight days into this crazy NaNoWriMo challenge, and I have to ask: how are you doing? Are you rocking the word count or lagging behind? Are you still getting to your story with energy and excitement or are … Continue reading

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