For this year’s A to Z Challenge, everyday (except Sundays) we will be blasting our way through the alphabet by sharing our best writing tips.
These posts will be bite-sized and perfect for campfire side reading while you’re letting your laptop keys cool down.
To introduce our challenge theme and to help launch both events, we’re having a pre-flight checkout:
3, 2, 1 … BLAST OFF!
Tips for Camp NaNoWriMo Success.
3 Planning Tips: Create a project binder. Don’t trust to memory and don’t leave your research on your computer. Once you start hunting around for files, or changing screen views, you are no longer writing. Print out everything. Research notes, character sheets, historical timelines and Pinterest photos. Load everything into your binder. Now use organizational tools like colored tabs, highlighters and folder pockets to categorize your notes. Turn your project binder into a powerful asset, one that will see you through a long hard month of writing and into the revisions stage.
Block out an activities calendar.
Whoever heard of a camp running without a schedule of events? Make a plan and share it with your support system. Ask family and friends to pitch in and help clear away those extra obligations. Remember to allow for downtime. You will want to hang out with you new NaNo buddies, gather fresh inspiration and seek craft guidance from other writers. However, once you’ve allocate time to writing, don’t change the plan. Set a timer and stick to the schedule. Don’t forget you can always get an internet blocker program if your bunkmates prove too social to get any work done.
It takes a few visits to settle into the NaNoWriMo community and get comfy. Fill out your profile and stake out a sunny spot in the forums to call your own. Spend the weekend creating the perfect playlist, or cleaning up your work space. Shop for those extra supplies, index cards, gum, or a new stick-drive so you can back-up your masterpiece. Don’t waste a single moment. Jump into Camp NaNo next week ready for action.
2 Examples of Fast Craft:
There are several notable examples of quickly written books that have stood the test of time, particularly novellas.
Confined to bed by an illness, Robert Louis Stevenson produced the first draft of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in under a week and finished the revisions some 6 weeks later.
Under the crippling influence of debts and already working on the book that would become his literary masterpiece, Fyodor Dostoyevsky hired a stenographer and dictated the semi-autobiographical novella The Gambler in just 26 days. He gave away the book’s royalties to clear his debts and married the stenographer.
Robin trained as a professional historian and worked as a museum curator, an educator and historical consultant. She writes dark young adult fiction, with diverse characters. She's currently querying a novel, and working on two new manuscripts that started off as NaNoWriMo projects. You can follow her on Facebook(https://www.facebook.com/robin.rivera.90813) or on Twitter @robinrwrites. However, Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/RRWrites/) is where her inner magpie is happiest of all.
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