Friday, November 1, 2013


It's Day 1 of National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo.  The goal is 50,000 words in 30 days.

Yes, it can be done.  I've done it twice and I'm going for my third victory.

The secret -- keep writing.

Every word counts so don't delete anything... ANYTHING.  

If you have to write six words before you find the right one, you keep those six words.  If you have to rewrite the beginning three times, you keep those three beginnings.  If you write 20 pages and get a better idea and want to run with that you still keep those 20 pages.

Every word counts!

Be creative.  Take off on tangents.  Be verbose.  Include all the data you have ever researched.  Write out those song lyrics.  Write out those family histories.

Every word counts!

And, remember NO EDITING.   You can edit later....much later.

Right now, the goal is to write, write, write.

The formula says that if you write 1666 words per day you will hit the 50,000 in 30 days.  It doesn't matter if you write 1666 words today or 66, just write and continue to write.  Try to write every day when and where you can.  It all adds up.

And, every word counts!

Good luck to us all.###

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:   Maria Ferrer is President of the Romance Writers of America / New York City, Inc.  She has won NaNoWriMo twice and is going for her third victory.  Her best advice -- don't delete anything.  Visit her at and her alter ego at

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