So. It’s the 25th of November. Word count should be: 41,667.
Are you there?
Yes? ROCK ON.
…..No? Alright. I’ve got something for you.
Time for a few more word count tricks:
- All your compound words. Take them apart.
- Introduce a stupid character who needs to have everything explained, twice.
- Have your characters play a game. (I personally like UNO or monopoly.)
- Have romantic undertones? Put the lovebirds in a room with no witnesses, see what ensues.
- Introduce a disaster to the plot.
- Find a word crawl that you have an interest in. (the Harry Potter ones are amazing, MLHGL writes star trek ones, there’s even a Hamilton crawl already.)
Now, those useful links:
If you’re behind, the first one is all for you, and know that we suggest it in person every time someone starts freaking out about their word counts or their ability to word war if they’re on their own.
Write or Die – The most intense writing motivator program ever – there’s even a mode that will erase your words if you don’t go fast enough.
24 Quotes about Writing – From Robert Frost to Joss Whedon, some inspirational quotes about writing to get you going.
World Building Guide – An anthology of links on how to build your fictional world
‘Seductive’ Writing Tips – How to draw readers in to what you write. Not just for noveling.
Today is day 22. We’re almost into the final stretch. WEEK FOUR begins today.
Week Four is where the momentum from the first week really reappears and everyone really starts serious writing again.
But what’s that, there in the middle of the week? For the USA, it’s the beginning of what’s known as the super holiday season. Thanksgiving. A word count de-railer if there ever was one. But, never fear, your intrepid MLs here in Memphis have a plan: the Blues City Write-a-Thon! Come hang out with us at the Benjamin L Hooks Central Library on the 26th of November and we’ll help you kick your word count back into gear.
There will be a candy bar, muffins, and it is a potluck, so please, bring whatever you think would be good. (Be advised that if your product has nuts, seafood, or meat it’s kind to your fellow Wrimos to let them know. Especially MLHGL, as she is allergic to both nuts and seafood.)
Remember, if you are coming in from out of town and are uneasy about getting around in Memphis, head on over to the Memphis area of the forums on the NaNoWriMo website and send MLHGL a NaNoMail, and she’ll make sure she’s available to you to make sure you reach the Write-a-Thon safely.
So, Validation begins this year on the 20th.
What does that mean? It means that those people who have already crossed the 50k line can go ahead and get their purple winner’s bar.
Now, I (MLHGL) suggest that as soon as the validator opens up that you go ahead and run your main word count file through it. You’re probably wondering why. It is quite honestly because until the validator opens up, you have no idea if your word count method will line up with the NaNo validator. Yes this is a valid concern. Every program counts words differently, and the NaNo Validation Bot is no different. Personally, I like to see how bad the gap is as early as possible so that I can make sure that I don’t get a nasty surprise when I do my final validation in the last couple of hours on the 30th.
I have seen it happen, and I highly suggest that you check the validity of your count as early as possible so that you’re already in possession of a pretty accurate estimation of how many words your counter is off in relation to the NaNo Bot. (I tend to be as close to a thousand as I can manage when I check my count. I’ve been known to copy and paste out the words from above the nearest thousand down to the three zeros so I can tell exactly how far off the count is.)
Take it from a NaNoVeteran who has been around for 13 NaNoSeasons. Validate every day from when it opens to the end of NaNoWriMo.
The notorious NaNoWriMo killer, the week 3 doldrums are a pain in the rear – even for the most seasoned of NaNoWriMo participants. Trust me when I say you’re not alone. However, you have made it FOUR DAYS into week 3. This is amazing! Today is day 18 of the overall challenge and you’re zipping along! You should be crossing 30,000 words today.
If you’re not, have no fears, you still have 13 days to try and get caught up. Apply your creative rocket launchers liberally.
If you feel that you’re too far behind, consider this: you’ve gotten a lot farther than you would have if you never even started, so why quit? Even if you don’t cross the 50,000 line, you’ll still have a good start on a manuscript.
You’ll still have however many words you’ve already written, and hopefully a few thousand more by the end of the month.
Don’t give up yet. The middle of any project is always the absolute hardest thing there is about anything. We’re just a little bit over the hump – you’re almost into the serious downward swing and everything is generally smooth sailing from about the 20th on out. Stick it out with us until then, and hang out with us on the 26th at the Blues City Write-A-Thon over at the Benjamin Hooks Central Library! More info on that at the link above!
May the words be with you!
WOOHOO! We’ve reached the halfway mark as of today! If you’re on schedule, you’ll have 25,000 words as of this evening. If you’re not on schedule, it’s okay. There are still some tricks for catching up.
Congratulations for making it this far!
Take a few minutes today and enjoy the fact you’ve made it this far!