Some tips for writing fast for #NaNoWriMo. And any new words are an accomplishment.

If you are taking part in NaNoWriMo this year (National Novel Writing Month), or want some tips on writing a first draft faster, these are some things that help me write faster, that might also help you:

-I try to write and not stop for a good period of time, and I do NOT allow my inner editor to talk/criticize while I write. The faster I write, the less I hear the inner editor. This is great for a first draft.

-When I am stuck I do a menial task (wash a few dishes, etc) and then often the solution comes to me. If it doesn’t, and I’m still stuck, I try to skip it for now.

-I don’t have the right names for any of my characters yet, so I’m substituting words for them like “girlfriend,” “bully,” “father.” This works for other things, too; I tend to add in description and sometimes setting or weather later, so I might just put “school hallway” for now.

-If i’m stuck on a scene but I know generally what’s going to happen, I’ll write it in short hand and then skip over it – something like “Write scene about conflict between main character and bully and realization” and then I can come back to it later.

I started NaNoWriMo late this year because I’m waiting for feedback on one of my manuscripts from my agent, and as soon as I get it I know I’ll have to focus on it. But I decided to try, anyway. At the very least I’ll have more writing done on a new manuscript. And maybe I’ll actually be able to get both done. Meanwhile, I am enjoying this new manuscript idea.

I hope if NaNoWriMo is on your mind that you try it out; you don’t have to meet your goal. More new words on a new manuscript is an accomplishment in itself.

About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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