How To Win NaNoWriMo Even If You’re Behind (Without Cheating)

Tori Brooks

Okay, for you NaNoWriMo participants out there, we’re halfway through the challenge, and I hope you’re about halfway through your novel. If you’re not quite there, it’s okay, there’s time.

That being said, Hubby threw me for a loop after the first week. I told him I was scheduled to finish about the 18th or so at the rate I was going (things have happened since) and he said “Wow, I never thought I’d be ahead of you.”


Hubby doesn’t write. He started a novel about seventeen years ago with a friend, they got fifty pages in and haven’t touched it since. I’ve encouraged him, but to no avail. It’s helpful though, he knows a little something about writing so he’s supportive when I lock myself away in a typing frenzy. He’s also unusually understanding about the whole “don’t talk to me in November” thing.

Whatever, I tried to…

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NaNoWriMo and the J.K. Rowling Moment

Past & Present

November marks the start of National Novel Writing Month, otherwise known as NaNoWriMo. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words throughout the month of November.

This year marks the first year I will actually participate in NaNoWriMo since I first heard about it four-some years ago, and I’m terrified. I started writing on November 9th, but the late start won’t stop me from trying. I have written one unpublished novel that has been buried in the depths of my basement or sent to the land of lost valuables (it was written in several notebooks). I was quite pleased with the book I had written, though it did take me one summer of almost nonstop writing.

However, I’m terrified to try writing fiction again because I have difficulty finishing one short story. Every week, tons of ideas flow through my mind. Some I write down, some I forget…

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Defiance Against That One Dude On The Internet

I loved Amelia Atwater-Rhodes and all her books. I read her when I was in high school and I thought it was amazing.

Adventures Of A Teen Writer

So, basically, I was linksurfing (Linksurfing is when you google something, and then the first thing you read about that something has a link in its text, so you click on the link, and down at the bottom of that page there’s a bunch of “Similar Posts,” and one looks interesting so you look at that, and then that brings up a term you’re not familiar with, so you google the unfamiliar term, and soon you’ve gone from looking up granola bar recipes to researching the ethical and financial dilemmas surrounding healthier school lunches.) and I came across this guy who said that all teen writers suck and won’t get published and this is basically just the years during which you practice writing so you can actually get a book published when you’re an adult. Which is probably true. However, I was offended, so here are some examples of successful…

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Plot: And avoiding my suck dragon

Of Mind and Body

The king died and then the queen died is a story. The king died, and then queen died of grief is a plot.
E. M. Forster

I’ve been missing something. At first, I thought it was characters that drew the audience. Now I know I’ve been missing my ending and with it the plot. The main issue begin the fate of my main character or co-main character.

You just snuck up on me out of nowhere!

I would really like for it to tidy itself up near the end and not leave a giant hole, but I’m afraid if I do that it will feel to neat and sown up giving the reader a bow for making it to the end.

Although, I do not know if this is really the problem after all. I’m fearful that by finishing this I will not have new ideas, even though I know…

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Say No to Nanowrimo

Facets Of You


I think everyone who wants to write should do so. If novels are your chosen medium for that writing great. Writing a novel because it is National Novel Writing Month is not necessary.
The manuscript I began work on months ago is still not finished, nor will it be for another 100,000 words or so but that’s just me. Using Nanowrimo as your reason to write is like using the great American Smoke-out to quit smoking cigarettes. Ultimately, you are going to do what you want, and the declaration of some national event becomes the excuse.
Use the excuse friends.
I like living in a world full of writers, singers, artists, and dreamers. You all keep the day full of inspiration, and the night full of hope. What more can I ask for?
Novel Update:
I managed to finish a rough run of the last 12 pages of chapter one…

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I’m Doing It. Are You?

J.R. Johnson

I haven’t posted anything about National Novel Writing Month this year because I hadn’t quite decided whether or not to do it. I’m busy, I said. I’ve already proven I can churn out 50,000 words in thirty days, I said. I can do it when I’m happy. I can do it when I’m busy. I can do it when I’m sick. (I am, in fact, something of a freaking Dr. Seuss when it comes to NaNoWriMo.) Do I really need to prove that I can do it again? Would my time be better spent finding a new way to expand my writing experience?

Well, no. That’s what I decided. And when I committed to finding a new way to make the most of my 50,000 words this November, I had a mini breakthrough. Work on one thing, I told myself. Well, ok, work on 50,000 words and one other thing…

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