In the mind of a Writer

NaNoWriMo Boost

I hope that NaNoWriMo writer serious kick @$$ year (2014). I so sick of these negative people typing up these bitter, discouraging articles. (What happened to if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all?)

http://www.salon.com/2010/11/02/nanowrimo/ (By the way, this person has published a book, that has good and bad reviews. . . so can’t others pursue their dream of writing a book?)

http://www.wetasphalt.com/content/why-i-hate-national-novel-writing-month-and-why-you-should-too?page=2 (Creating a comic book is different, than creating a novel. . . I think both could should be done. 24Hourcomic, also has there for one day, and it’s a different day each year.)

http://www.humanities360.com/index.php/why-nanowrimo-is-a-waste-of-time-11073/ (I don’t think writing in NaNoWriMo will hurt writing. I think more one practices, the better one should get.)

However there are some things to keep in mind when writing a novel. . .

I was told that most publisher want a novel to be between 70,000 to 100,000 words. This means you’ll have to add more after your 50,000. (I just continued the first week of December or finish my book in January.) However an average novella is between 30,000 and 60,000 words, so keep that in mind.

Here are some links. . . (I know Wiki has got down to 40,000, but many publishers want more words.)

http://www.fictionfactor.com/articles/wordcount.html

http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/qa-from-blog-readers/how-long-is-a-novella-and-how-do-you-query-agents-for-them

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/09/book-length_n_1334636.html

http://litreactor.com/columns/ask-the-agent-your-novel-word-count-guide-and-more

http://allwritefictionadvice.blogspot.com/2012/05/chapter-novel-lengths.html

Then take a break. . . go on vacation/holiday, see people, smell the fresh air, take a shower, watch TV/ YouTube etc. If you try to edit when you just finished the story, you will miss piece/ grammar issues to your story.

If you can afford it, you can hire an editor. . . I have seen editors charge by the hours, but most of them charge by the word. . . it’s usually a penny or two per word which costs about $800-$1000 for an 80,000 word novel. You can also get beta readers or friends who have good eyes for grammar to edit for favors or whatever you want to bargain. (Beta readers are a few readers that you have read through your book to find anything that doesn’t fit. . . does a scene doesn’t work for the plot? Did you write out of character a few times? Etc. I have more blogs on beta readers. . Just look through this blog.)

After the right about of time. . . you feel refreshed, you should start to edit. I think it’s easier to focus on one chapter at a time. You can print them out and use a red pen. I would only start editing for one to two hours a day. It can be very draining.

http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/editing-and-proofreading/

http://www.streetdirectory.com/travel_guide/16049/writing/why_should_you_edit_your_writing.html

http://writetodone.com/eight-simple-tips-for-editing-your-own-work/

https://www.themuse.com/advice/5-steps-for-editing-your-own-writing

Now I agree with this article. . . http://articles.latimes.com/2012/nov/01/entertainment/la-et-national-novel-writing-month-advice-20121101 (The Internet, in which, you are on right now, is a huge distraction for NaNoWriMo.)

Internet, TV, talking people (especially those who want to talk to me), Texts, pets, video games/facebook games etc. . . They can all we distracting for me. I would write down what distracts you, and see how you can make time to avoid those things.

Links to help with distractions. . .

http://goinswriter.com/distraction-free-writing/

http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/studyadvice/Studyresources/Time/sta-distractions.aspx

http://www.howtogetfocused.com/chapters/8-things-everybody-ought-to-know-about-concentrating

Just remember NaNoWriMo is helping you get your first 50,000 words for your novella/novel. . . this is only a rough draft. It needs to be edited and rewritten many times over.

I am a local published playwright. . . I wrote a 20 page play that was nominated in a public read. . . by having my name on the program as writer of that play, she said it considered me published. I remember when my college professor wanted me to be in the play contest. . . She had me edit the place once, and then she read it again. I had to tweak another part and have her read it again. I think I did this twenty different times before it went on stage. Then we had tweak actions and dialogue so everyone was on the same page. The thing was the original play looked so different from the play that was presented on the stage. (I only made it through the first row, but my friend made it through the third row, and she had to rewrite and edit her play at least 50 times, she kept all of the different drafts.)

I wish everyone who is participating in NaNoWriMo best of luck. . . and all of you get to tell your story!

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