“What’s My Motivation?”

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #002.

You’ve heard that it can happen. You know people who have experienced it, and they say it was the greatest experience ever. They were writing a novel, and they said an entire section, if not the whole thing, wrote itself.

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Prepping Without Plotting

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #001.

So what does it take for you, as a pantser, to prepare to succeed in this year’s NaNoWriMo competition? How about we start with your day-to-day life.

First, don’t plan on going anywhere during NaNoWriMo! As soon as the first of November comes around, you are officially a hermit. You are an introvert. You are a homebody. Tell everyone what you’re doing. Tell them your plan. Make sure they know how important it is for you.

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NaNo Prep For Pantsers

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #001.

This is it. This is the year that you’re actually going to do it. You’ve been wanting to write a novel for the last ten, twenty, or even thirty years of your life, and now you finally have the motivation to make that dream a reality.

When it comes to motivating prospective writers, nothing has had  more unmitigated success than the National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. In fact, I’m sure more than a few of us are counting down the days till November, eagerly looking forward to reaching that 50,000 word count goal on the contest’s 20th anniversary.

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