Here’s a great post about what NaNoWriMo is great for, and what it is not. It will help you create a first draft and get down unexpected ideas. A draft like that will need many revisions. Leave your finished work alone for a while at the end of the month. Then go back and start the work of reshaping, adding, and cutting that will make your story work.
Here’s my day 4 poem for Robert Brewer’s blog. His challenge today is to write a Hold That______! poem. Click the link below to read dozens from his growing community of poets and to contribute your own. Mine is below the link.
Hold That Pose
You are no model
neither am I
which is the whole
point of this
as we aim long lenses
at one another to
afternoon of real
warmth and silliness
it doesn’t matter
that our hair
is wild and none
would copy our
clothes but that
no look will
ever be quite
like this again
the planet will
Here’s a useful article with advice from agents about what to do after you finish your NaNoWriMo novel.
There’s a treasure trove of terrific free downloads for novelists on this blog. You can reap the benefits even if you dropped out of NaNoWriMo or never signed up! Zip over there and collect.
If you need to get unstuck in the middle of writing November, here’s some simple, but effective advice.
This “wonder” ful blog post lists some other resources for NaNoWriMo participants, including revision-related links for December and beyond. Even if you are not participating these links will help with your novel.
Check out a collection of terrific free downloads to help you write your book, whether or not you are participating in NaNoWriMo, you will find some treasures here.
From Kristi Holl, here are some great suggestions for freshening up your writing. For example, turn off the computer and go outside.
If you are participating in NaNoWriMo and you are like me, you are looking at the title of this recommended post and laughing. Stop laughing and sign off. I am doing that now…
Need inspiration? Find out about some NaNoWriMo books that have been published!