It’s getting gritty ‘round here at Revision Warriors. For the first time ever, we have FIVE NaNoWriMo participants. This means lots of early alarms, buckets of coffee, and loads of Facebook pep-talks. And because of ALL that, this post will be brief.
Unless I can use this post toward my word count. Hmm.
|My own crazy: NaNo Critter Mascot accepts NO excuses.|
As we near the end of this intense writerly marathon, I’ve paraphrased some of our own RW pep-talks and tips we've given each other these last weeks.
It’s a FIRST DRAFT. Let it be messy. Like, plotlines-don’t-add-up kind of messy. By now, you’ve no doubt told your inner editor to pipe down a few times. But at this stage, even if it’s a BIG oops, like an errant plotline or you realize one of your heroes should play for the other team, well, good catch. Write your thoughts down somewhere you won’t lose them and move forward. From that point on in your ms, write the story with your new twist. Adjust your previous chapters in revision. Later. After you’ve hit your 50K.
WRITE CHAPTER INTRO PARAGRAPHS. If you’re feeling lost or unsure (or stuck in the murky middle of your ms), try writing the opening paragraphs for your remaining chapters to help plot the way.
KEEP MAKING WORDS. Even if you need a prompt. Here are a few ideas:
- Your protagonist now has a cold. Or a stomach bug (I think everyone at RW had an illness during November).
- How would it affect your story if there were an ice or tropical storm moving in?
- What if your antagonist does something good in front of your protagonist?
- One of your characters randomly receives a letter about claiming an inheritance.
ALMOST THERE! Only one more week of these early wake-up, late nights, and writing while bobbling your sandwich and a plate on your lap. Let’s bribe our friends/family/children with promises of quality time and coffee dates in December, but for now, keep going!
It is worth it. You have LOTS of new words!