NaNoWriMo Taught Me: It’s Okay to be a Slow Writer

It’s okay if you feel like a a snail slushing through mud could write a book faster. That’s how I felt when I first started, but if you keep writing you’ll build speed. What I learned from the last four years of doing NaNo was that you don’t just write seriously during November. The best way to finish your work in progress isn’t to have a super power of typing out 1,000 words in 30 minutes, but to keep writing continuously. Continue reading NaNoWriMo Taught Me: It’s Okay to be a Slow Writer

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NaNoWriMo Taught Me: It’s okay to Skip Scenes

Don’t feel like you have to write every single scene out if it isn’t coming to you. Some scenes play out in your head as clearly as if it were on an HD 40-inch flat screen TV and you can write every detail and won’t need to change much in the second draft. Other scenes are on an old black and white televisions set with crooked antenna and there isn’t much coming through but static. Continue reading NaNoWriMo Taught Me: It’s okay to Skip Scenes