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Hey, writers!! Are you doing #NaNoWriMo this year?
Yay, so am I. Every year I write blogs about doing it, articles, and I share tips because I want YOU to be successful. Well, this year is no different!!!!
Here are some quick and easy tips!!
Hello Writers, I hope your week is going well!
My day has been filled with a bit of sadness and reflection
Eddie Van Halen has died--
I've been sending out emails because I have a new course that is open for early-bird registration and I want you to write your novel so I've been in your inbox every day this week encouraging you to sign up and then yesterday after going to VOTE and drop off my ballot I heard the devastating news of Eddie Van Halen's passing.
My world was suddenly in a whirlwind of sadness and grief.
You see, I never knew Eddie personally but he affected my life in many ways.
1. He always did what he loved-MUSIC-that was it for him, he never wanted or imagined that he would do anything else.
2. His happiness doing what he loved always shined through in his performances.
3. He was genuine and authentic--he had a voice...
This month I'm going to focus on how to write a draft fast and complete NaNoWriMo, which is coming up in just a month.
Today is Sept 30th! Wow, how fast this year has flown by has been crazy, but here we are.
NOW, onto some things you can do to get ready to write your novel fast.
If you are signed up for NaNoWriMo or in any groups for that challenge, you will learn there is now a thing called "Preptober," which is for prepping your book.
This is not my style at all.
When I first starting doing NaNoWriMo, you couldn't have any more than a title on November 1st, when we started, and I'm old school, so I never know what I'm writing until that day when I sit down.
That's just me, and it is the method I'm going to teach you in my course, but you can do what makes you happy as long as you finish a novel.
The five steps that I use to prep are these.
1. Decide WHO your story is about & WHAT will happen to...
Even for your novel!
and finish that work in progress.
In film and especially television writing the "beat sheet" is something that is needed to show your showrunner or director the beats of the script so they can approve the story before you spend hours and hours writing it.
It helps them "see" it. It also helps you see the big picture.
The beat sheet is an outline of your story in beats. What happens in the story beat by beat.
You open your notebook, notecards, or even Word/Scrivener (I like to use Scrivener for this) and literally write out the beats like this.
Scene 1--this happens
Scene 2--this happens
Now, you may not know what happens in perfect order--so then just write what you want to happen out. This is why I love using post-its and or notecards and the stickies in Scrivener
Scene-character finds out....
Scene--character makes this decision
If you are doing it...
Good morning writers,
I hope you are amazing!
I also hope that you are writing down your writing goals for the week ahead. I find that when I have my plans or goals written out in a list I tend to stick to them and actually make them much more than when I say, “I’ll write whatever whenever I have time.”
That’s why for me #NaNoWriMo is so great. I always get an entire novel drafted. It pushes me to stick to daily word count goals.
Here are some quick and easy tips to make those writing goals work for you so you will accomplish more and get that draft done faster.