#Throwback to how I won NaNoWriMo + tricks and tips for you to do it…. or not.

It’s November in exactly one week and I’m not ready. For most people, November means cold – or hot, if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere – weather, school or work, and, well, that strange time before Christmas comes around again.

For us writers, November means NaNoWriMo and that time where we try and forget to world to actually write a book. Or keep on working on our current one. This sort of writing frenzy is taking over the world in November.Β  I took part in this frenzy only twice, so I’m not saying I’m an expert or anything, but if I royally FAILED the first time, I kind of managed to win the damn thing the second time. Obviously, I thought I might have some wisdom to share in that department, you know, in order not for you to freak out.

That was a joke. It is basically IMPOSSIBLE not to freak out while doing NaNoWriMo. It’s basically part of the whole thing. If you’re not freaking out, chances are you might be a robot, too used to doing NaNoWriMo or… I don’t know, but just GIVE ME YOUR SECRET.

Fun facts about NaNoWriMo you did not ask for

Fun fact: exactly two years ago is when I first started planning out the WIP I finished this very September. Basically, I’m super-grateful for NaNo for making me write words on pages that haven’t left me for two years, and will only left me whenever I’m done editing this thing. Which will probably be, seeing how slow a writer I am, another two years or more.

Another fun fact: I haven’t done NANo since 2015 – not because it killed me (okay, it did, a little bit, but let’s get you NOT to freak out about it right before it starts, shall we) – BUT I used to be a student back in 2015 and the real world killed me in 2016.

But you’re not here for the fun facts, are you?! You’re here to know how I did it, and here it is, I’ll spill all of my secrets.

Dedicate time to write

Time was on my side, I’ll admit it – as a student with not many hours each week, it was easy to find some time to write. THAT BEING SAID, as a full-time worker now, I still managed to squeeze in some time to write in order to finish my WIP. What’s important to remember here is that, if you want to do NaNoWriMo, you should prepare to squeeze in your busy schedule some time to write, and stick to it the best that you can. BE ORGANIZED. Monica Geller should be your goal.

I used to write each day on particular hours, hours where I tried to get off everyhing, open my Word doc and just WRITE. Thing is, you have to take the time to do so – fit it into your November routine and, before you know it, it wil be your little habit.

It sucks? KEEP ON GOING ANYWAY.

I know that my first draft sucked. It’s still somehere on my computer and I know it’s very, very bad. Nothing makes sense, characters aren’t fleshed out enough, one character actually CHANGES HIS NAME right in the middle of the book.

Yet, the worst thing you can do to yourself is stop writing and give up. You might be writing the next New York Times Bestseller, and they all started as stupid, not-making-sense first drafts. Or so I want to hope. When in doubt, as yourself this very question: “Do I want to finish this story? Do I want to see how it all ends?”

If the answer is yes, just keep on going. I know I probably thought about 500 times in November 2015 that this all sucked and it wasn’t worth it. But, asking myself this very question, the answer was always, always yes. So I just WROTE. Do it as well. I promise you’ll be proud.

Don’t look at the word-count per day too much.

I know. What am I saying here?! When you’re doing NaNoWriMo, in order to reach the 50 000 words, you have to write 1 667 WORDS EACH DAY. That word-count is great, because it gives you a goal and it keeps you on track. My weird advice here is, don’t follow it.

When I won NaNoWriMo, it wasn’t because I managed to write 1 667 words everyday. It was because I wrote 600 somedays, nothing other days and 4 000 on Sundays sometimes. Some people will be able to write these words every day, some people will be writing slowly, some people will be writing less, or more, on weekends. Thing, with NANoWriMo, is that you can ALWAYS catch up if you’re beihind one day. Don’t let that word-count get you down.

Remember that you are not alone

This might not be an advice takenΒ  straight from my NaNo win back in 2015, because the only think I did in order not to be alone is blog about it all. Back when I was a little newbie. It wasn’t big, really, I wrote two or three blog posts about it, yet… it helped. People answered with sweet comments, supportive words andΒ  it gave me motivation to go on, knowing that I could do this, knowing that some people, even if they were just two or something, supported me.

There are many things you can do in order to find your writing buddies. Some bloggers you might know might do it – they might have mentionned it on their blogs, over on twitter or something. You can TALK TO THEM, you can set up a conversation somewhere over on Twitter DMs or something, in order to keep in touch and support each other. You might blog about it all, tell about your progress and struggles – people will be there. You can also check out the NaNoWriMo Twitter, the NaNo Writing Sprints Twitter as well, to motivate yourself and find other people.

November is THE MONTH FOR WRITERS – rest assured that you are not alone struggling and crying over three poor words you managed to write or characters you haven’t figured out. If that’s not reassuring, I don’t know what is.

Forget the 50 K altogether and just WRITE

This is the moment where you’re all going to hate me. Also, probably ask yourself what is wrong with this advice.

If winning NaNoWriMo by writing 50 K is great, awesome, exhilarating and everything else – writing altogether is something worth celebrating. Back when I managed to write all the words and win, I never thought I would, yet I felt super accomplished at being able to write, at wanting to write, at having this feeling that had left me for so many years before. Feeling of creating something with the tips of your fingers, even if it’s just characters and worlds I myself will forever be the only one knowing.

I didn’t want to reach for the 50K. I thought it was pretty awesome I was this inspired to write. Then I managed to write like, 4 K in one day and…catch up on some words I had missed in the past days. Then my inspiration was here, I wrote, wrote, wrote and wrote 50 K in one month and won. Thing is: if I’m pretty proud of winning NaNo, I’m prouder of managing to keep a writing discipline and getting my words out there. 50 K or not. So, reach out for words, not for a word count AND JUST WRITE.

You’re probably asking yourself a question now. What the heck is she doing talking about NaNo? Is she going to do it? Why is she talking in third-person?!! Sorry.

I know I’m never going to be able to write every single day in November. I know I won’t write 50 K and win NaNoWriMo next month. I just finished writing a WIP and I don’t know if I’m ready to launch myself into another story. Instead, I think I finally know what I’m going to do, using the November writing frenzy to launch myself back into writing, well…

EDITING. Ugh. I’m not ready, but I’m also ready. I don’t know. I guess we’ll see how that goes.

Are you going to do NaNoWriMo this year? Did you already do it? What would be your advice to, well…chil out? WHAT ARE YOU WRITING ABOUT, TELL ME EVERYTHING.

Do you usually have writing buddies? Do you shout into the void or on your blog about your writing, or not?

If you’re not usually a writer… does this little writing frenzy online makes you want to try it out? Why, or why not? Let me know in comments!

 

 

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      1. Lol as far as explaining what it’s about, it’s always been difficult to describe it. Just think Divergent but without the sci-fi stuff, but guns, MMA and wheelchairs! That’s the best I can give you at the moment! πŸ™‚

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      2. Hahaha, oh I get that feeling – stories tend to change as they grow with us ahah, sometimes our first idea is completely different from what we end up with πŸ˜› As long as you’re having fun, yay πŸ˜€

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  1. I’m taking part and I do want to ‘win’, just for the fun of completing the challenge, but anything than gets me some more words on the page is a bonus.

    I think I’ll be doing weekly progress reports during NaNo and onwards. I hope to eventually post the completed novel chapter by chapter on my blog too.

    What do you plan to write about?

    I definitely agree with not checking your word count too often. It can slow you down if you’re checking every 50 words or so. (I’m definitely guilty of that.)

    Something to try would be to write in stages/sprints throughout the day rather than all in one go. Schedule out some specific writing time too.

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    1. Ohh that’s so great! I hope you’ll have tons of fun this year πŸ™‚
      I will be editing the WIP I started a long time ago, it’s a YA standalone novel, mystery/contemporary πŸ™‚
      Oh yes, having specific times to write during the day really helps me, putting myself into “writer mode” and such πŸ™‚

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! Hope you’ll have an amazing time doing NaNo xx

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  2. I failed my Nano challenge last year so you can say that I’m now wiser (lol) and experience in handling the mess on writing 50k words in a month. #whoelsecangiveagreatadviceifnotsomeonewhohasfailedandwonthechallengeright?

    All of your advice is spot on! I’d put the 5ok words goal at the back of my head and just keep writing. It’s going to be suck but it’s going to be worth it.

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    1. Well, failing NaNo always makes you much, much wiser. Speaking from experience πŸ˜…
      Best of luck for your writing, YOU CAN DO THIS! Most important thing to remember is to WRITE. It’s going to be good, it’s going to be bad, it’s going to be crazy, but you’ll write words so… YOU WILL BE AWESOME no matter what πŸ˜€

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment ❀ ❀

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  3. Congrats on winning NaNo! And great advice. I think i need to figure out how to disable the wordcount feature on my word docs while i’m writing because I get SO OVERWHELMED with trying to write a 60k book and i can’t seem to reach 15k. I feel like if i don’t see my total I’d do better, haha. Good luck editing!! That is kind of scary, but exciting too!

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    1. (LENNA! I miss you so much, I hope you’re doing well ❀ ❀ )
      Thank you so, so much! Yes, staring at the word count is the WORST thing to do, ahah, I get so stressed out about it as well. I try not to look at it too often, but…if I find a way to disable it on word, LET ME KNOW? πŸ˜›
      Thank you so much! ❀ ❀ Best of luck to you too! ❀

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  4. Great post πŸ™‚ I tried to do it last year – although I went into it not knowing anything about it and completely sucked lol πŸ˜‚ only because all through the month I was only able to come up with a title lol πŸ˜‚ yes go ahead and laugh cuz it’s pathetic πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈπŸ€·β€β™€οΈπŸ€£πŸ€£ I kind of want to give it an another try but my problem is, I can write a fool epilogue and just can’t follow through with it… come chapter 1 I’m stuck πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ we’ll see I guess

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    1. Oh no, it’s not pathetic at all! Maybe you just need to be a little more of a planner for the next time? I did the same mistake when I first tried NaNoWriMo: I had nothing planned out and, well, when it all started… I just completely blocked. I didn’t know what to write or where this was going and I just…well, didn’t do well πŸ˜… πŸ˜…
      The next time, I planned out a little bit before: I had no title for my story, but I did have a rough idea of main characters, what the story would be about and a rough outline of what would happen. It helped me A LOT at getting started and ultimately, writing a lot more. Maybe you should try and do that, maybe it would help? πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for stopping by!! ❀ ❀

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      1. Oh that’s so great πŸ™‚ I hope you’ll have ideas, more and more ideas around that one to expand it into a full story. AND that you’ll love it. AND talk about it more. I’m curious – sorry ahah πŸ™‚ Best of luck! πŸ˜€

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  5. I’m doing NaNo this year and I’m SO WORRIED.((if you’re super curious about my prospective novel I wrote a post about it) Like I never have a fully fleshed out plot but also each year I feel like I need ALL the plots. I feel like I’m 100x busier this year compared to last year when I won NaNo but also…no, I’m just as busy as I was last year.

    I’ve never really succeeded at having writing buddies– last year was the first year one of my IRL friends attempted NaNo with me! That was really exciting πŸ™‚

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    1. Ohh, don’t be! I know. Easier said than done, ahah, but important thing to remember is that you want to have fun while writing, not stress out πŸ™‚ What matters the most is that you try to write, do the best you can, let the words out even if they aren’t perfect. I’m sure you will have tons of fun – and if you want to, you’ll find a way to squeeze in some writing in your busy schedule, even if it’s just once a week or something ❀ ❀
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment and best of luck! πŸ˜€ ❀

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  6. I’ve never participated in NaNoWriMo. I don’t know that much about it, but I am interested in joining. However, I haven’t done any preparation for this year NaNoWriMo. So, maybe next year? My writing hasn’t been great. I’ve been kind of going on and off with it. πŸ˜ͺ

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    1. Oh, well…some people don’t prepare anything and just jump head-first into their writing on the 1st. I don’t know how they do it ahah, I know I need to be prepared, but… who knows, maybe you could ahah πŸ™‚
      I’m sorry to hear you’ve been feeling a bit on and off about your writing lately :/ maybe all of this writing frenzy around with NaNo will inspire you to try again, re-inspire you, I hope! ❀ ❀
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment ❀ ❀

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  7. I’m planning on doing Nanowrimo for the fourth time this year, and I really have to agree with everything here! The single most important thing for me has always been *just write*, even if that means scraping time out at 11 pm at night, even if the story’s gone three wrong turns off track and I lost the map somewhere in the quicksand six miles back.
    Now, this year… I have no. Idea. What my story’s about. So… you could say I’m freaking out. Just a little. (A lot.) I’ve been trying to convince a good friend of mine to do Nano for the last, oh, six months, but she’s super busy and I don’t think it’s going to happen. *sigh* I’ll just have to find random writing buddies on the Nano forums to do sprints with.

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    1. Oh wow, you must be an expert at NaNo by now, that’s so great πŸ™‚ I agree – it’s so important to keep on writing, even when you realize there might be a massive plot hole here and there – it can be edited afterwards πŸ™‚
      Oh no! Well, who knows, you might find an idea, there is still a little bit of time left! Or maybe the right idea will hit you right before the countdown starts πŸ˜›
      Also, I hope you’ll find writing buddies on the forums – I know that the twitter accounts do some writing sprints and prompts once in a while πŸ™‚
      Best of luck for NaNo, and thank you so much for your sweet comment, Bernadette!! ❀ ❀

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  8. I really want to do it again, I did it all through college (2011-2014) but I just can’t now in uni……… I’m crying, but gonna use the month for thoroughly writing my layout, worldbuilding, etc. So excited, and your advice helped a lot! Good luck editing!!

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    1. Oh I get it. It’s so hard to do it, or think about doing it when there are just so many things to take care of in real life as welL. I hope you’ll manage to be inspired by all of this writing frenzy and do tons for your worldbuilding and characters, for your next story πŸ™‚
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment! ❀ ❀ ❀

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  9. Oh I am definitely taking part in NaNo this year, and I’m determined to succeed this year as well because the previous two years I took part (like you I took a break in 2016 but for me it was because of the time blogging was taking up) I failed to make it to the 50K word count. This year is my year though, I can feel it because I’m more excited for November this year than I have been any previous year. πŸ˜€
    These are great tips as well Marie. I think carving out some time dedicated to writing is so important, because it’s easy to get bogged down with everything else and keep putting off writing until before you know it you’re behind with no possible way to catch up before November 30th.
    Great post, and good luck for NaNo this year as well! πŸ˜€ ❀

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    1. YEEEEEEEEESS this makes me so happy, Beth! This year will be YOUR YEAR, that’s for sure, and I can’t wait to hear more about your story and NaNo experience, I hope you’ll give me some updates ❀️
      Thank you so much!! ❀ ❀ ❀
      (Also, this is totally out of topic, but do you remember the interview we did for a YA magazine together? I was wondering if you had high quality pictures of some pictures you're taking for your blog, like monthly wrap-ups and such – to add to the layout. We're still working on the magazine, it's taking a bit longer than anticipated ahah) ❀ ❀

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      1. I’m keeping my fingers tightly crossed, and I am also going to work harder than I ever have before to meet that 50K word goal! πŸ˜€ ❀ I'll definitely include updates on my blog, will you do the same for yours this year? I'd love to see them.
        That's all right. ❀
        Yeah that's fine, I can look this weekend for you. Are there any in particular you wanted or just whatever? I can send through a few and you can choose the ones you think are best if you like. πŸ™‚ ❀

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      2. Oh yay, I can’t wait! πŸ™‚ I’m not sure yet, I think I will try – it wil depend on how things are going with the editing, I guess πŸ˜›
        Thank you so much, Beth!! Oh yes, send the ones you like the most, that would be great! thanks again!! ❀ ❀

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  10. I’m on the fence about doing NaNoWriMo this year. I’ve failed the last two years (I start off great then life gets in the way) but I want to get in the habit of writing a little bit everyday (or so) and I think the challenge can help me start that. I’m not going to focus on the total word count and I’m going to force myself to not go back and edit what I wrote before, instead focus on just getting the rough draft out. I have all these scenes in my head and I think I just need to get them on “paper” so I can play with it all later πŸ™‚

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    1. Ohh – well I really think that, even just to get back into the habit of writing a little bit each day, or at least regularly.. NaNo will be GREAT for that. I know it was amazing for me and helped me TONS. I hope you’ll manage to write and have fun with i all, Lauren! ❀ Thank you so much fo your sweet comment ❀ ❀

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    1. YAY – I’m so happy to hear it, I can’t wait for you to write all the things. And share the things with me, obviously, you know I’m your BIGGEST fan, right? ❀️❀️
      Thank you so much, you’re way too sweet!! ❀️

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  11. Wow congrats on winning 2015 Nanowrimo though! That is a huge accomplishment.

    Going to be honest, I HATE writing. I don’t want to be a writer. But yes, every November I ask myself “What would happen if I tried?”. Well, I would probably hate myself. Plus I have so many other things to do, like blog and write up my science (not at all as much fun), that I think I would lose on sleep. So I’m fine with skipping out.

    And then I always tell myself things like “oh I can spread it out during the summer!” But then I forget that I hate writing, so I gotta scrap that idea too. Maybe one day I’ll do….something. Haha.

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    1. Oh thank you, Valerie! ❀ I don't know if I'll ever win NaNo again ahah, but it really was something that made me proud for sure πŸ™‚

      Haha, wow. It's funny, I never met someone in the blogging world saying that they hated writing. Is it that you don't want to be writing fiction? πŸ™‚
      I get it – there is just so many things to do, and writing takes up a whole lot of our time. You really have to be into it and passionate to do this crazy thing that is NaNoWriMo ahah

      Thank you so much for your sweet words and your support ❀ ❀

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  12. OHMYGODOHMYGODOHMYGODOHMYGODDDDDDD!!!!!!! YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THIS POST MEANS TO MEEEEEEE!!!! 😍😍😍😍😍 I was freaking out TO THE EXTREME about NaNoWriMo but your words calmed me down and I instantly imagined the feeling that’d be mine once I manage to win it. AHHHHHH!!!!! THANK YOU SOOOOOOOO MUCH, Marie. ❀❀❀❀ And heyy!! I CAN EASILY BE MONICA GELLER! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚ I loove making lists and plans. 😁😁

    LOOVED THIS POST. ❀

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    1. OH YAY!! This makes me so, so happy ❀ ❀ YES, embrace your inner Monica Geller, make lists, plans, and you'll be alright for sure πŸ˜›
      Thank you, you're the sweeteeeeest! ❀ ❀ ❀

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      1. She’s a bit of a planning freak but…we love her for that, too πŸ˜›
        Yay, I’m so glad you’re excited about all the writing!! I hope you’ll have tons of fun ❀ ❀

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  13. Omg these tips are so amazing???? I definitely love the idea of just writing, because really, that’s how NaNo motivates me — not word counts, but just WRITING. (Altho word counts are also motivational. :P)

    And yes, I think that if you set aside a time each day in November to work on writing, you’ll get your writing done! I also think that the support of others and writing with buddies is super motivational and something I love about NaNo as well.

    LOVE this post!! ❀

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    1. Oh yes, word counts can be so motivating, especially when you know you’re doing well – you just want to do more and more…At least, it’s this way for me? πŸ˜›
      Somedays, it’s better to forget it altogether and just try to write the words – what matters the most is to try and write πŸ˜€

      Thank you so, so much for your sweet words, May! ❀ ❀ ❀

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  14. Hello Marie! I love this post about Nanowrimo ❀ It makes me SOO want to do Nanowrimo with you and everyone!!

    I absolutely agree with everything that you mention here! Yes, it is so important to make writing a habit! When I was working on my manuscript, I tried to write a bit each day, even if it is just 50 or 100 words. I find that this helps to keep my writing juices flowing. When I take a break from writing for a few days, I feel out of touch with my characters and it takes some time (and effort!) to connect with them again. There are definitely some days when I get too busy to even write a single word down though!

    I chuckled when you mentioned that your character's name changed halfway through. The same thing happened to me! When I was showing my fiance one of my old manuscripts, he asked me (towards the end of the novel), "who is this Aaron JS Greenfield guy?" Turns out it was a villain whose name changed halfway through the book haha :') (I think I forgot what his name was, so I just made up a new one on the spot!) We got a good laugh out of that!

    BEST WISHES FOR NANO!!! I think its not the goal of reaching 50K that is important, it is the journey! πŸ™‚

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    1. Hi Sophie! Thank you so much for your sweet words, it makes me so happy you enjoyed this post ❀

      I agree, it is so important to try and make writing a habit, whether it's with NaNo or just everyday. I know I can't write everyday, I used to set aside time every weekend to write my WIP – I feel like I'm going to do the same for my editing. As long as we keep some sort of routine, it's good, helps me for sure πŸ™‚

      HAHAH REALLY? I'm so glad I'm not the only one, ahah. I realized while scrolling, looking back to make some dates match and stumbling upon the name. Crazy what we writers do πŸ˜›

      Thank you so much, Sophie! ❀ ❀

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      1. You’re welcome Marie ❀

        I have similar writing habits since I am also working: usually I would write a small amount on weekdays but the weekend is when I can get the bulk of my writing done. I like it when the significant scenes fall on the weekend because that’s when I can really get into the story πŸ™‚ I think we are called weekend warriors haha!

        Haha yes it’s kind of funny to catch these mistakes! πŸ™‚

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      2. Haha yes, we are weekend warriors for sure πŸ˜› I think, when we manage to set time aside to write, despite being so busy with working and everything… it just means we want to get this story out, so it’s GREAT I guess πŸ˜€

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  15. Wow I’m super impressed that you’ve managed to win nanowrimo before- I haven’t the faintest idea how to go about something as mammoth as that!! So I was literally hanging on your every word for this post!! I get what you mean about the real world killing the possibility of squeezing this in as well (to be honest November was always when my essays were due in as well, followed immediately by winter exams, so I could never do it then either) haha I’ve had characters change their name halfway through too!! It seems like an impossible mistake to make- but it’s actually really easy to do πŸ˜‰ I think that’s really brilliant advice about not following the wordcount- to be honest, that’s what freaks me out the most- cos as much as I can sometimes write quite a bit, some days I write 200 words (like yesterday actually) and somedays I end up with nothing at all (in fact, last week I wrote a whole chapter and then got to the end and scrapped the whole thing πŸ˜‰ ) To be honest, the fact that I can never be that consistent with my word count is the main reason I’m not sure I’ll ever do Nano properly- which is why I love your last point so much- that’s what I often like to take into November- even if I can’t do Nano properly due to time commitments or because it’s not my style, I think it’s a great excuse to set aside more writing time than usual. And I do love that November is the month for writers and the vibe then is so motivating! πŸ˜€ And funnily enough I did use Nano once to edit a story- and it ended up being really successful- I hope it goes well for you! and I loved this post so so much!! ❀

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    1. Oh THANK YOU so much!! I’m so happy you enjoyed this post and found it helpful ❀ To be honest, I feel like 2015 is still a blur, I have no idea how I won this thing haha.

      I agree, November is such a great month, just to set aside some writing time. All the writing frenzy everywhere is just so motivating! ❀ Also, I'm so glad to hear it went well when you tried to edit your story during NaNoWriMo…. Hoping I can do this too ahah πŸ™‚
      thank you!! ❀ ❀ ❀

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      1. You’re very welcome!! ❀ haha I get that!! Very impressive! πŸ˜€

        It really is- I really do love how people get into it so much, cos it's very motivating and inspiring. Good luck!! I'm sure it'll go great- as a target it really worked for me. It was easier than trying to write something new anyway πŸ™‚

        You're welcome!! ❀ ❀

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  16. Wowza!! That’s a whole lotta words! I’m a newbie kids book writer, so my stories have to be considerably shorter than that, but all your advice really still applies! I read somewhere once to never compare your first draft to someone else’s final draft, in other words don’t compare your draft to a published book, because that story has been edited and polished and revised to perfection! First drafts are absolutely allowed to suck. 😸

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    1. Oh thank you so much! It’s SO great that you are writing books for kids, that’s so cool!!
      I agree – I know it’s something I tend to do, compare my first drafts to other books and wonder why it sucks so bad haha. Definitely something we should all remember πŸ™‚
      Thank you for your sweet comment! xx

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  17. Marie, I absolutely loved this post! First of all, I can relate: I did NaNo last year and it was a total mess! I “finished” my 50K (only because I was unemployed at the time), but I haven’t even looked at the draft since.

    I really like what you said about being flexible with daily goals. I still implement aspects of goals and planning with my writing, even outside of participating in NaNoWriMo. For instance, right now my goal is to edit at least 3 scenes per week (so far I’m failing miserably, but that’s not the point). What that means is that I make use of my days off and my high points of energy, and then don’t stress myself out when I know I’m going to be tied up with work or other stuff.

    For me, the best part of doing NaNoWriMo was realizing that I was capable of writing so much in only a month. Once you realize what you can do, it makes it a lot easier to keep writing afterward. You learn a lot about what your peak levels are (ex: I write best when I only make myself work for 2-3 hours, whereas other people can write for an entire day).

    Also: if you ever want to vent about how much editing sucks, you know where to find me πŸ˜‰

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Christine, I’m so glad you enjoyed this ❀ ❀
      I think it's so great that you are fixing some daily – weekly goals. Definitely something I try to do as well, helps me being focused, while not putting too much pressure on myself to write every single day.

      Oh yes, I so agree with you here. I never thought I could write so much in so little time – it's so great to see we are able to accomplish that much.

      Ahah, thank you so much! I might take you up on that… if I ever, ever start editing hahaha.

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  18. OK THIS HELPED ME SOOO MUCH THANK YOU BLESS YOUR BOOKISH AND WRITERLY SOUL
    I’m also so impressed with how many words you write like wow are you a machine??
    I’ve been stressing over my Word count and I think this reminded me of how I need to RELAX A LITTLE BIT SAM.
    I just need to get the story out there I suppose. I need to throw it up onto the pages. (wow sam that’s a little bit graphic…)
    I JUST LOVED THIS SO MUCH IT WAS FUNNY AND HELPFUL AT THE SAME TIME I NEED TO SEND YOU TRUFFLES LIKE RIGHT THIS SECOND
    ~Samantha https://redheadwithabook.wordpress.com/

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    1. OH THANK YOU, Samantha, you are way too sweet!! ❀ ❀
      Haha, it is a little bit graphic, but it's exactly what you need to do: just write all the words, ALL OF THEM, there will be time afterwards to edit and everything else. Just, write but don't feel pressured to do too much – forcing yourself won't work either. YOU CAN DO THIS, BEST OF LUCK!! ❀
      And thank you so, so much for your sweet words – I'll accept the truffles πŸ˜› xx

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  19. Hey Marie! Great advice! β™₯️ Funny how the best advice is still the same with everything (like blogging!) don’t look at the numbers, just do it and love doing it and everything will come together if you keep going!

    I’m NOT doing NaNo this month… I write every month so November isn’t really very special to me. And since I have a writing partner I don’t share my work on my blog. It’s a massively ambitious project though so if we can get to the end I’m sure we’ll get it out there someday! Good luck on your editing! That can be some of the most soul crushing work you can do (not to daunt you or anything… 😬)

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    1. Hi Dani! Thank you so, so much for your sweet words ❀
      It's so great that you're writing all the time, that it is such a big part of your schedule. I'm sure you'll manage to get to the end and we'll all read it someday and fangirl about it all on our blogs πŸ˜›
      Thank you ahah – I'm not even really editing so… you're not scaring me at all hahahhaa.

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  20. I have to say, Marie, every single time, I learn something new with you and your posts. Is it super embarrassing I didn’t know what NaNoWriMo was?? Also, this is a beautiful thing and could really help many writers. I’d love to give it a go even if it might be too late this year! (Loved the friends gifs btw!!) Ughhh, I just want to know as much as you do about this writing thing!! xx

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    1. Ohhhh really? That’s so sweet, your comment just made my day. Thank you so, SO much ❀ ❀
      It's not embarassing at all, I had no idea what NaNo was until a couple years ago, either. Once you know about it, you just can't ignore it and the whole frenzy surrounding it ahah.
      I'm faaaaaar from being an expert on the whole writing thing ahah – don't be afraid, I hope you'll want to give it a go sometime. It really boosts yourself to write like that , at least it works for me. NaNoWriMo takes place in November, but if you're interested, there is also Camp NaNoWriMo (In April and June, if I remember right) : same principle to write, but there, you fix your own goal. Not necessarily write 50K in a month, but any goal you want to try and reach πŸ˜€

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      1. owww thanks so much! yes, I’ll defs try those then! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ can you also tell me more about your WIP and what it is exactly? Something else I’ve read on your blog before but I’m still not entirely sure what it is :/ haha, I feel bad but I love learning so all this is honestly extremely helpful for me! ❀❀

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      2. You’re welcome! ❀ ❀
        You're asking about what WIP means, right? WIP means Work In Progress, it's usually what writers call their book before it's an actual book, when it's still a messy draft and everything πŸ™‚
        And don't ever feel bad about that! We can't know everything and I'm so glad if I can be of any help! ❀ ❀

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      3. oww great! Yes! I had read here on your blog that WIP means Work in Progress but just wasn’t 100% sure what else it meant! hehe πŸ˜… but thanks! awww, honestly, so interesting, always! Amazing work! πŸ’–πŸ’–

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