Notebook next to computer.

How to Outline a Novel for NaNoWriMo 2015

Notebook next to computer.Before I start, I want to make it perfectly clear that this is not the only way to outline a story, nor is it a guaranteed formula for success. I don’t believe there are formulas for success. However, it is my hope that this will help someone, as these methods and techniques have helped me over the years.

Anyone who has been writing for a while knows there are two kinds of writers: plotters and pantsers. Plotters figure out what’s going to happen in their story before they ever start writing it. Pantsers sit down and write with no idea what comes next. If you’re a plotter, or curious about the outline process, NaNoWriMo may be the perfect time to exercise your outlining skills. Read More »

Man on a laptop.

How to Write a Novel in 30 Days (Or Less!) NaNoWriMo 2015

Man on a laptop.With so many writers embarking on National Novel Writing Month from November 1st through November 30th, I thought now would be a good time to write about how it’s even possible to write a novel in 30 days.

Writing a novel in 30 days means writing an average of 1667 words EVERY DAY. For some, this is an astronomically high number of words. Others may knock this out while their coffee is brewing in the morning.

In order to “win” NaNoWriMo, you’ll need to be intentional about your writing. In other words, you need a plan and a strategy days when things don’t work out as planned.

I’ve come up with a 5-point plan that can be done in an afternoon—or less. Also, as long as you don’t actually write anything before NaNoWriMo, you can do all of this before NaNoWriMo starts. With that in mind, here’s my advice on how to win NoNoWriMo: Read More »