How to Win NaNoWriMo While You’re Busy Running NaNoWriMo
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Well, I can’t say I have the perfect answer, but these four things helped me a lot. Fall 2022 Editorial and Programs Intern Josie Gepulle shares some wisdom on how she made it to 50K while also working hard to help keep NaNoWriMo running:   There’s a lot I accomplished during my time as a NaNoWriMo Intern. I found myself doing things I would’ve never thought I could do. I’m naturally a shy introvert, so could I really handle coordinating projects or running Virtual Write-Ins ..read more
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So You Didn’t Hit Your Word Count… Did You Have Fun?
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I’m going to talk a little about passion, some about joy and a lot about how while numbers are great— they are not the be all-end all of writing. Showing up, getting lost inyour world, exploring it everyday and putting in the time is the win. Sometimes that results in words, we hope, but sometimes that means we don’t hit the numbers we want to. has a few words of advice on how the most important part of writing is the journey itself. There’s a regular responses to missing your word count— “I’ll just increase how much I write tomorrow, I’ll spread it over the remaining days ..read more
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What Do You Do After You’ve Written Your Novel? 6 Tips from Joanna Penn
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Joanna did NaNoWriMo in 2009, and, while she didn’t write 50,000 words, or finish her novel, the experience helped her decide where she wanted to go with her fiction, and how she wanted to develop her career as a writer. Joanna offers six tips for writers who have completed their first novel:  , is an award-winning writing app that has been enthusiastically adopted by best-selling novelists and novices alike. Today, they’ve partnered with to share some tips on what to do after you finish your first draft ..read more
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The Young Writers Initiative: Finding Your Writing Community
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, a.k.a. TYWI, is a non-profit (founded by former NaNoWriMo intern Riya!) that provides resources for high school and college-aged writers through both their website and their on-the-ground chapters program. Today, some of the TYWI members share a little about how their programs help foster creative community: Writing can often seem like an activity that involves sitting in your room alone, frantically typing on your computer. And yes, sometimes it is, but writing is a passion shared by millions of people around the globe. That means wherever you may be, you can find a community of writers to ..read more
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Three Tips for Self-Editing Your Manuscript
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For many people, the editing process is murky and complex. Drafting is straightforward: your goal is to end up with a finished manuscript. But how do you know what to do when editing? And how do you know when editing is done? helps you turn your rough first draft into a clean, clear, publish-ready manuscript. Today, , Head of Education at ProWritingAid, shares some tips on how to successfully edit your own manuscript ..read more
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50k is Overrated: NaNoWriMo from a Disabled Author’s Perspective
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Here’s the secret: NaNoWriMo isn’t really about the 50k. It’s about progress — whatever that looks like to you. The path to 50k is just the most well-known version of NaNoWriMo: talks about their experiences participating in NaNo as a disabled writer and writing tips to keep in mind. it’s less a hard-and-fast rule, and more a landmark to guide your writing journey ..read more
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5 Tips for Focused Fanfic Writing
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While fic authors are not beholden to contracts or deadlines, no one wants to be that person who wrote a fic that hasn’t been updated in three years, but how exactly do you stay focused and reach “The End”? Published novelists sure have a lot of advice, but it isn’t always helpful to fic writers. That’s what this blog is here for! is here to give some tips tailored for fanfiction writers! If there is ever a labour of love and only love within the writing community, it’s fanfiction. Fans of a copyrighted work pour their passion into a story that is indulgent, serialised, and posted online for o ..read more
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3 Things NaNoWriMo Taught Me That I Didn’t Learn In College
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I concentrated in creative writing with a short story emphasis at UCLA. My technical writing improved greatly and my prose was able to develop its own distinct and unique style because of the amazing instruction I received there. However, writing a novel brought up three challenges I had never encountered in my short story career. talks about three valuable things she’s learned as a NaNo participant ..read more
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5 Steps to Get Your Novel Ready to Self-Publish
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You’ll either need to find a developmental editor or alpha readers. Alpha readers—well-read readers and/or other authors—are great for writers on a budget and are usually free. You can find them in writers’ groups or your friends who are readers. Just be careful if you’re using friends and family: they’re going to be biased. (Unless they’re my aunt who read my paranormal thriller and told me I should write children’s books.)  , helps you self-publish eBooks and paperbacks for free. Today, shares some tips to help you get your novel ready to publish ..read more
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Don’t Let Your NaNoWriMo Engine Idle
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Coming off the adrenaline rush of NaNoWriMo, so many feelings rush through us—relief, pride, and exhaustion are just a few of them.  shares some ins-pie-ration for moving forward with your novel: You should be dancing the Snoopy dance because you did it, you met your goal; or even if you didn’t quite meet the goal, you kept at it and reached the finish line—first draft of a novel, or a hell of a start.  ..read more
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