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National Novel Writing Month: Really Useful Links Paul Anthony Shortt

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Last year I shared some tips on tackling National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. Well, it’s here again, and it’s all kicking off this week. The object is to write 50,000 words of a novel between November 1st and 30th. Assuming you take weekends off, that’s 2,273 words a day. That is no small task. These days the best I can manage is about 1,000 words a day unless I really push myself.

Given that NaNoWriMo us such an important part of the writing year, and a considerable challenge (I’ve tried, and failed, twice), I thought we could use some more help from across the internet:

1: 25 Things You Should Know About NaNoWriMo – Chuck Wendig gives us a brilliant, down-to-earth advice on what NaNo is, and what it isn’t.

2: 12 NaNoWriMo Tips for Making it Through the Month – NaNo can be overwhelming. Far more important than how much you write is protecting your mental health while you do. Follow this advice on how to work out a strategy that will balance productivity with peace of mind.

3: 5 Tips for #NaNoWriMo – After a writing streak of 464 days, writer and blogger Jamie Todd Rubin shares his insights into how to learn from the work you put out and use that information to make your future work better.

4: 41 Insider Tips for Winning NaNoWriMo – Finally, top editors and authors share their advice for how to get through November.

That’s all for this week. And if you’re participating in NaNo, I’m rooting for you!

(c) Paul Anthony Short


Paul Anthony Shortt believes in magic and monsters; in ghosts and fairies, the creatures that lurk under the bed and inside the closet. The things that live in the dark, and the heroes who stand against them. Above all, he believes that stories have the power to change the world, and the most important stories are the ones which show that monsters can be beaten. Paul's work includes the Memory Wars Trilogy and the Lady Raven Series. His short fiction has appeared in the Amazon #1 bestselling anthology, Sojourn Volume 2. Website: http://www.paulanthonyshortt.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pashortt Twitter: @PAShortt