7 Tips For NaNoWriMo

You may think that writing a 50,000 word novel in just 30 days seems like a mammoth sized challenge, but I have 7 wonderfully easy tips that will make this a breeze. If you follow one or all of these pointers, it doesn’t matter if you’re a lazy slob, never written before or you’re illiterate, you too, can write a great book in a month.

Sometimes, though, you’re an excellent writer and you just can’t quite get enough words out, or the section of your mind that gives you ideas has run dry. Never fear, for I’m here. Choose one or more of these 7 pointers that works for you and they’re bound to give you ideas, increase your word count and help you write, even if you’ve never written before!

Here are some pointers on “How To Write A Novel In 30 Days”:

1 – If you’re having trouble getting that word count, just create a main character with a name like this: Mary Jo Anne Louise Davidson. Now, use her full name every time she is mentioned and you’ll get 5 words in place of 1.

2 – Tell everyone that you have spent lots of time planning your novel so that it will have great plot twists, and then just copy out your daily journal each night. No one reads your journal anyway, so they’ll never know. You can even title the novel: 30 Days In The Life Of [Insert Name].

3 – If you get 25,000 words in, but have a case of writer’s block, introduce a new character. Now, this new character will have to be filled in on the plot so have a different character explain to him, in another 25,000 words, what happened in the first half of the novel.

4 – Draw on inspiration from other sources. Instead of spending all that time in October on pre-writing, planning and developing your novel, just combine plots from other peoples work. You may end up with a novel called To Kill A Jurassic Dracula In The Wardrobe , but at least the idea will be original.

5 – If reading isn’t your thing, watch a movie. Books are often made into movies, so why not make a movie into a book? Be sure to take notes while watching.

6 – Inset a dialogue between two characters similar to this:

“Jimmy, have you ever read Harry Potter?” Billy asked.

“No, I haven’t,” Jimmy answered.

“Would you like to?” Billy asked.

“Yes, I would, Billy,” Jimmy answered.

“Here, let me read you the first bit and you can decide if you like it.” Billy grabbed Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone off his book shelf and started to read: “[Insert Chapter 1 here]”

“That was really quite good,” Jimmy said. “Can you read me more?”

“Of course,” Billy answered. “[Insert Chapter 2]”

7 – If you’ve never written before, can’t think of any ideas and might be short on time in November, this one’s for you. Simply take a book and read it, writing out everything you read. If you do this, you’ll have your own novel. All you have to do is change a few names and it’ll turn this:

Into this:

And you’ll end up with a novel completely different than the original.

I hope you enjoyed this!

If you can think of anything to add to this list, please share! I would love to hear it!

Thanks for reading.

Till Next,

-Will

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10 thoughts on “7 Tips For NaNoWriMo

  1. dmdutcher

    …I would buy a book titled To Kill a Jurassic Dracula in the Wardrobe. Hey, it worked for Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters.

  2. howevernever

    Love your list! One of my favorites:give your main character a hearing problem.

    “What a wonderful day”, Andrew said.
    “What a wonderful way? What a wonderful way of doing what?
    Biff Wellington, you cannot simply say what a wonderful way. What am I suppose to say when you say such gibberish, urghhh?”
    “No, I said WHAT A WONDERFUL DAY.”
    “Now, you are just trying to push my buttons.”
    “What a wonderful…”

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  5. Cute!
    And for slightly more plot-related boosters: include a time traveler, seer, or anyone else who knows the future.
    Have him or her mess up tenses. All the time.
    Have him or her, or his or her friends, remark on this. All the time.

    Example paragraph from my NaNo (Doctor Who, by the way):
    “”Hmm? Oh, I was just curious to see what Nicole’s written. Will write. Will have written.” The Doctor shook his head and smiled. “900 years, and sometimes I still fumble the tenses.””
    21 words more than if I’d just left off at “what Nicole’s written.”
    The thing is, I wasn’t even looking to boost my word count when I’d written that one. I just felt like being a smart-ass. 😉

    • Sometimes being a smart-ass pays off! But only us smart-asses actually know this! Thanks for reading and sharing! 🙂

    • Shauna

      You could also have someone from the past suddenly appear in your novel, which would be their future. Then someone could explain all the “crazy things” (ie modern technology) that are going on (like people driving in automobiles, microwaves,

      • Haha that’s awesome. I want to write a scene where someone tries to explain a microwave. I don’t even know how it works…um…press this button and stuff heats up! I considered having my main character write a blog very similar to mine…..hahaha 😉

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