Writing

Pre-NaNoWriMo Tip

With Camp NaNoWriMo approaching in 4 days, I figured I would help those of you who are participating in the way that I know best. Advice-giving via this blog.

So before you plunge into the beautifully daunting task of writing a novel, remember:

Write first. Edit later.

Now I know I’ve preached the above before, but it’s still a great piece of advice to follow. Even better, it applies to just about every writing project you’ll ever undertake. Besides, you can’t edit nothing. So get the words on the paper. Worry about how everything sounds after. You have thirty-one days to write. You have all the time in the world to edit. A mild exaggeration there.

Obviously, I don’t expect you to follow everything I say or preach. You aren’t a child or a dog. You’re a writer. And hopefully, soon, you’ll be a novelist.

Get ready.

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100 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, And Bloggers

I used to do these tips in segments. Each segment had 25 tips but since time flew by and laziness overcame me, I figured I would resurrect my writing tips, one hundred at a time.

All of these tips are posted on my Facebook page and Twitter account as well.

Enjoy!

  1. A story will tell itself when it’s ready to be told.
  2. Deadlines instill urgency. Urgency usually generates productivity.
  3. It’s never too early or too late to start writing.
  4. Never over explain but never understate. Seek a balance.
  5. Write whatever you want. Draw whatever you will. Perform whatever you can.
  6. You may disagree but do so respectively.
  7. Let your writing speak for itself.
  8. You need to write badly in order to learn how not to write badly.
  9. When criticizing the work, never criticize the writer.
  10. Any amount of preparation is useless if you don’t follow through.
  11. Write like every day was your last.
  12. Stories make the world go around.
  13. Do not aim for perfection. You’ll only be disappointed.
  14. Follow the writing advice you give others.
  15. Writing a first draft is the only time you can ever settle for anything less than your best.
  16. Write like every day was your last.
  17. Write something, anything.
  18. Never confuse typing with writing. They are not one and the same.
  19. Choose every word you use carefully.
  20. Say what you need to—nothing more, nothing less.
  21. You are allowed to break the rules if you know the rules.
  22. A first draft is not perfect. Your job is to perfect it.
  23. There is no right way to write. Likewise, there is no wrong way to write.
  24. Always propel the story forward.
  25. Go back and rediscover why you started writing in the first place.
  26. The first step to success: self-trust.
  27. Test every chapter, every scene, every page, every word.
  28. Concentrate on the process first and foremost. The product comes after.
  29. Change your scenery both literally and figuratively.
  30. Your job as a writer is to bring the dull and mundane details to life.
  31. Search for the unseen in real life and in your novels.
  32. You know you’re finished writing when you’ve said just enough. Nothing more, nothing less.
  33. Read. Write. Repeat.
  34. You can let mistakes drag you down or help build you up.
  35. Some of the best stories come from the worst decisions.
  36. What you write today is not what you will write in a year’s time.
  37. Don’t settle for mediocre. Don’t even settle for good.
  38. Listen to what your stories tell you.
  39. What is unsaid is just as powerful as what is said.
  40. Great writing transcends one individual self.
  41. Turn pain into wisdom.
  42. Throw every idea onto the page. Surely one will stick.
  43. Allow people to read what you write. Let yourself be vulnerable.
  44. Pace yourself.
  45. The tiniest moment will make for a grand story someday.
  46. Numbers don’t matter. Words do.
  47. Know when enough is enough.
  48. When life gives you lemons, turn them into a story.
  49. Start something you know you will be able to finish.
  50. In life, you avoid conflict. In fiction, you embrace it.
  51. Every excess word becomes a vice, a burden.
  52. Hard work knows no limits, no boundaries.
  53. The writing life is what you make it.
  54. Don’t believe everything you hear. Do your research, employ common sense, and ask questions.
  55. Write about the people who fascinate you.
  56. Don’t ever let anyone talk you out of writing.
  57. You will win if you refuse to lose. You will succeed if you refuse to fail.
  58. You cannot write for others. You must write for yourself.
  59. There is a fine line between being fancy and being formal.
  60. When in doubt, leave it out.
  61. You will never use all of your ideas. Your job is to choose which ones you do use.
  62. Fiction is a necessity. That’s why writers exist.
  63. Never start something you won’t finish.
  64. One day your tears, your pain, your hard work will pay off.
  65. Never lose focus, both in your life and in your story.
  66. There will never be ideal conditions to write.
  67. Quality over quantity. Always.
  68. Never agonize over a first draft.
  69. The best have failed and have fallen but have risen.
  70. The first step in becoming a writer is believing you are a writer.
  71. Today you may do something you couldn’t do yesterday.
  72. The only way you will ever finish any novel is to start it.
  73. When you feel like quitting, remember why you started.
  74. Never take criticisms personally.
  75. Everything is difficult in the beginning.
  76. Learn to love writing. Or learn to love something else.
  77. Never let your failures affect your future.
  78. The only way to turn your ideas into reality is to put them on paper.
  79. Ideas can come from anywhere.
  80. First drafts are not perfect. Your job is to perfect them.
  81. Not everyone will like what you write.
  82. Don’t get cocky, conceited, or condescending.
  83. You must choose to never give up.
  84. You cannot blame anyone or anything for your failures.
  85. Being blind to your own mistakes impends your success.
  86. Assume that every word you write could be your last.
  87. A mind in motion tends to stay in motion.
  88. Luck manifests from hard work.
  89. All writers learn from trial and error.
  90. You cannot rush creativity.
  91. Small acts amount to great success.
  92. Edit as though the entire world will read what you have written.
  93. Every ambitious amateur can turn into an amazing artist.
  94. Every artist is a little crazy.
  95. Always leave a part of yourself on the page.
  96. Genius takes work, time, and effort.
  97. You tread on thin ice when you start to repeat yourself, over and over and over again.
  98. In order to write anything worth reading, you have to take risks.
  99. Short and sweet over long and bitter.
  100. If you must express yourself to feel alive, you must keep on writing.

I do realize that writing tips number 22 and number 80 are almost exactly the same so here is an additional tip to make up for my mistake:

  • When you make a mistake, own up to it. 

Fitting, isn’t it? You may be wondering if I did that on purpose. Well, I didn’t. It was a complete accident. Sorry about my previous error in judgement.

Links to similar posts:

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 2)

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 3)

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 4)

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 5)

Until next time everyone! (Next time being about 100 or so days from now.)

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25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 6)

A long overdue post on tips and tricks about writing (well, mostly).

Once again, I post these on my Facebook and Twitter as well.

Enjoy and have an awesome day.

  1. All wonderful things take time to cultivate. Novels are no exceptions.
  2. Be proud of what you write.
  3. Shock your readers. Scare them. Make them cry. Anything. Make them feel something.
  4. Writers must learn to forgive themselves.
  5. Open your heart. Open your mind. Let everything into your life.
  6. Give the readers a reason to read on.
  7. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Don’t let a negative opinion bring you down.
  8. Every writer started somewhere. Find your start, know your finish, and work hard from beginning to end.
  9. Leave your readers wanting more, not less.
  10. Filter everything. Filer information, voices, and opinions. Keep what’s useful and discard what isn’t.
  11. If you continue to work, you will eventually succeed.
  12. No piece of writing should contain unnecessary words or sentences.
  13. You can fix your first draft later.
  14. In the writing world, you need compliments as much as you need criticism.
  15. You are a writer, not a miracle worker.
  16. As confusing as grammar is, it’s even more confusing when you don’t employ proper grammar in your work.
  17. Something is better than nothing.
  18. Never fear making mistakes. Your fear will only hinder your creativity.
  19. Write to please yourself but to satisfy your readers.
  20. Make every paragraph meaningful. Make every sentence matter. Make every word magnificent.
  21. When you write, you spew. When you edit, you craft.
  22. Persist and you shall succeed.
  23. Failure is preparation for success.
  24. Anyone can write but not everyone can do it well.
  25. Never underestimate the intelligence of your audience.

Links to previous posts:

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 2)

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 3)

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 4)

25 Writing Tips For Writers, Editors, and Authors (Part 5)

Feel free to comment down below and tell me which one resonated with you the most.

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Day 30—NaNoWriMo: Now What?

Now what?

I’ll leave that up to you to decide.

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Day 29—NaNoWriMo: Can you survive one more day?

Can you survive one more day?You can. You will.

You’ll survive because you are a writer.

This is your job. Or, you know, your second job.

One more day.

Hang in there.

Sit. Write. Repeat.

That’s the magic. That’s the secret.

Close every tab. Open your word processor (if you haven’t already). Then get to work.

Know that come December you can take it easy.

Writers: bliss is right around the corner.

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Day 28—NaNoWriMo: What are your plans for December?

What are your plans for December?Sleep. Eat. Repeat.

Sleep. Read. Sleep.

Sleep. Sleep. Sleep.

You deserve a reward for working so hard in November.

You also deserve a break from your inner editor/critic.

You most of all deserve to be satisfied with your writing.

So do whatever you would like to do in the month of December in celebration. Besides, this is your life. And if anyone tries to tell you something different, they’ll have to put up with the wrath of a writer.

And we all know a writer is capable of many things. Like finishing a novel in one month. Am I right?

The end is near. Keep going. Keep writing.

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Day 27—NaNoWriMo: Are you a real writer?

I realize that many of you are probably tired for obvious reasons. So I promise to give you a straightforward question today.

Are you a real writer?Trick question; obviously, you are. If you weren’t a writer you wouldn’t be attempting to write a novel in a month, would you? Silly me. My brain must be malfunctioning from lack of sleep, food, water, air, and all of life’s essential needs. Like this post if you can relate. Like this post even if you can’t relate.

And since I consider myself a writer, I’ll be cheering every other aspiring novelist on. I’ll clap for you at the finish line and we can throw a party on November 30th regardless of your word count. You tried. 7 billion other people didn’t.

So party away with whatever you accomplished this month, okay? Reward yourself. You’re different than everyone else because you are a writer, but you’re still human, so don’t forget to catch up on some sleep in December. Sounds like a good plan, no?

Take care because Christmas will soon be here.

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Day 26—NaNoWriMo: Do you have unanswered questions or loose ends that need to be addressed?

Today is the last Monday of November; also it’s the last Monday of National Novel Writing Month. Can you believe you’ve come this far?

As for your novel:

Do you have unanswered questions or loose ends that need to be addressed?

Regardless of whether you’re done or still working on your NaNoWriMo project, it’s a good idea to go over your novel for unanswered questions, unfinished story lines, etc.

Never fear if you realize that you left out a major event in your story or forgot to include some vital information about a character. This is still your first draft after all. And if you’re like any great novelist, you’ll come back in December—or next year if you need a break— to breathe life into your manuscript.

Wishing everyone a productive Monday (and an even more productive week)!

Since we’re so close to the start of December, I am starting to get into a giving mood. How about giving back to all of you, my wonderful readers and followers? If you want to me to do a post on any particular topic be it writing or blogging or something random, comment down below. I haven’t planned out any December posts since I’ve been so caught up with my NaNoWriMo ones so send me some suggestions. All ideas are welcome. Thanks.