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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Survive NaNoWriMo

A little joke to kick off our month of madness.

10 Things to Know to Survive NaNoWriMo By Sara

10. Coffee. Drink lots of it even if you hate the stuff.

9. Friends. Forget you have any. Ignore them. Beg forgiveness in December.

8.Write everyday. If your fingers feel like they are about to fall off take some aspirin and suck it up.

7. Tell your family you can only be bothered in the event of life and death situations. Give them slightly more expensive presents than usual this Christmas.

6. If your muse refuses to cooperate steal someone else's. Desperate times calls for desperate measures.

5. Make your characters suffer. The more suffering you can dream up the more words you can get down.

4. If you get stuck kill a character, have aliens invade or a bomb go off. That should be good for 1,000 words. Okay now you only need 49,000 more.

3. I don't care if you have to cry and type but cry while you type.

There are no breaks for emotional breakdowns, put it in your work. (If you watch Project Runway you will recognize this piece of advice.One fashion designer told this to the other one a few seasons ago.She said, "I don't care if you have to cry and cut but cry and cut.We are on a deadline." or something similar to that.)

2. Know that 50,000 words is all that is required to win. Not 50,000 pieces of perfection that add up to a masterpiece. If they end up in the right place- cool. If not, that works too.

And the number one thing you need to know to survive National Novel Writing Month....

1. Remember you can always burn this manuscript later.


  • At 10/31/2006 09:06:00 PM, Blogger Suzan Abrams, email: said…

    Well, your post certainly made me smile, Sara.
    Good luck with the NaMoWriMo.
    Please drop by when you come up for air.
    I'll be rooting for you and our friend, The Wandering Author.

  • At 10/31/2006 10:16:00 PM, Blogger RomanceWriter said…

    Hey Susan,
    Thanks for the support. You are an awesome cheerleader, as usual.


  • At 11/01/2006 10:27:00 AM, Blogger Kelley Nyrae said…

    Good luck with NaNo, Sara!!

  • At 11/03/2006 10:09:00 AM, Blogger RomanceWriter said…

    Thanks Kelley! We miss you at the group but it seems, from reading your blog, that you are doing great in your writing pursuits. And you know that we are all still rooting for you big time.


  • At 11/09/2006 07:05:00 AM, Blogger bookwormaddict said…

    Great advice!!!!!
    I'm plugging along and am a bit past 15K so far:)

  • At 11/10/2006 08:14:00 AM, Blogger Kilroy_60 said…

    It appears there are several points here applicable to anyone who wishes to pursue the craft. Too many seem to labour over every word while losing sight of the big picture.

  • At 11/10/2006 09:59:00 AM, Blogger RomanceWriter said…

    Book Worm addict,

    That is awesome. Way to go. DO you have an author page at NaNoWriMo site. Want to be writing buddies? Let me know.

  • At 11/10/2006 10:00:00 AM, Blogger RomanceWriter said…


    Hey, how's it going man? I liked the post you did the other day on politics. Though I am not brave enough to discuss such things online usually. Anyway, I will be stopping bby your blog soon to see what new intersting posts your have cooked up.


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  • At 9/10/2013 04:38:00 AM, Anonymous Photography holidays girl said…

    Amazing, amazing tips. I love the bit about drinking shedloads of coffee and ignoring your friends. ...And then burning the manuscript! I understand it's deliberately extreme but it's a bit worrying that for me it sorta often ends up that way every time I try NanoWriMo! Ahem...


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