Officially, the season has kicked off with the refreshing of the NaNoWriMo forums and all. However, here in NaNoMemphis land, the season is getting to an admittedly sluggish start.
MLHGL here letting you know that the blog will be refreshed within the coming week or two (I plan to have it done by the 20th) – and I look forward to having our new ML come in and do some posts as well.
Hey NaNoMemphis! ML HGL here just wanting to remind everyone that it’s under two hours to the end of NaNoWriMo!
Go ahead and validate your word count if you’re close to the 50k, if you haven’t already. Just to confirm how far you have left to go. You don’t want any surprises down at the wire at 11:55pm. Trust me.
Go ahead and validate if you’ve crossed 50k, and you haven’t validated already.
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.
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!