by Isabo Kelly
Thousands of writers are taking on the challenge of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), writing 50,000 words of a single novel in the 30 days of November. This annual challenge has helped a lot of people jump start a new project or finish one that’s been languishing. To meet the challenge, authors have to force themselves to draft their story quickly.
Here are some tips to help with fast drafting:
* Have a place to start.
* Have a place to end.
* Have some general idea of how you might get from point 1 to 2.
* Don’t fear deviations.
* Don’t worry if the ending changes
* Don’t fuss over the details.
* Do NOT edit.
* Don’t worry about craft.
* Focus on your characters.
* When you’re not writing, mull over the next scene.
* Just keep typing / writing.
* Only re-read enough to get back into the story for fresh writing.
* And finally, HAVE FUN!!
Good luck to everyone who’s attempting the NaNoWriMo challenge! Happy writing. May your muse cooperate to make it an exciting and fun month of fast drafting. With a little effort, you’ll have a book—or most of a book—finished come December 1st.♥
Isabo Kelly is the award-winning author of science fiction, fantasy, and paranormal romance stories. Her latest release, Warrior’s Dawn (Fire and Tears #3), benefited greatly from the progressive outline. For more on Isabo and her books, visit her at www.isabokelly.com, friend her on Facebook www.facebook.com/IsaboKelly , or follow her on Twitter @IsaboKelly.