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A special thanks giving gift for you
  • By : Shoshanna Gabriel

Are You in on NaNoWriMo?

Many writers this month have been participating in NaNoWriMo, aka National Novel Writing Month, where you write the first draft of a 50,000 word novel in one month!

Whether or not you’re joining in the fun at NaNoWriMo.org, there’s definitely something to be learned from making a habit of writing every day. To write 50k words in a month, that’s 1667 words a day. Totally doable! And at the end of 30 days, you have the first draft of a new book.

Little known secret: EVERY month can be your own personal NaNoWriMo! I (SPBC cofounder Shoshanna Gabriel/ Shoshanna Evers) try for at least 2k words a day when I’m fast-drafting a new book. That gives me 60k or more in a month, and I say “or more” because you may find that once you start writing, you don’t want to stop, and the words keep coming.

Writing Technology

One of my favorite tools for writing fast is using a program called WriteOrDie, which is software that is also available free to use on their website. When you start writing, if you stop or slow down too much the screen turns pink, then red, then if you don’t start writing again a cacophony of awful noise starts playing. It’s amazing how much that inspires me to write. It definitely keeps your fingers moving, and helps you get lots of words written! I consistently write over 2k in an hour by using WriteOrDie. Start by setting it for 15 minute segments, and move up to 30 mins with a goal of 1k words. You can do it, especiallly when you practice!

If you find yourself getting distracted by the internet, you can try putting your phone on Airplane mode and writing in a Notepad app (just copy/paste it into your final document, or email it to yourself!) or even use a paid software like Freedom, which turns off social media and any sites you ask it to, for a specific amount of time, so you can focus on writing.

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