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NaNoWriMo Tips and Tricks

Fifty thousand words. Thirty days. One novel.

This is the slogan of National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. This official challenge is infamous here at Kuna High School for being a mandatory grade in creative writing classes. Many people find themselves unable to climb the massive mountain that is NaNoWriMo. Luckily for you, I have won it four times in the past and are more than happy to offer some tips on how to complete this creative quagmire.

The first tip is to WRITE EVERYDAY! It’s OK if some days you feel completely out of it and don’t want to write at all. Sometimes, you gotta pick yourself up, get on that trauma inducing document, and get some sentences down. Even a dozen words is still better than nothing at all. If you don’t write because you don’t know what to write about, there are tons of writing prompts available for you online, even on the official NaNoWriMo website for you. Even then, you can always just wing it. Maybe your main antagonist goes on a quest to find the perfect deodorant? Or your characters suddenly find themselves on Mars instead of on vacation in Brazil? You have a blank document: take advantage of it!

The second tip is to have a writing haven. NaNoWriMo is great for introverts, because writing in large groups can sometimes be a hassle. So, whether it's at the library, in your bedroom, on in an abandoned rail car, a writing haven helps you out a lot. As long as you're writing haven is filled with comfy seating, your choice of writing music, and heartstopping amounts of your preferred beverage.

The third and final tip is embrace how bad it is. NaNoWriMo was never about quality, it’s about quantity! No matter how bad the garbage that is scrolling along the document may appear; know that this the writing process! Your works of fiction will always be terrible at first (especially with the monthly deadline) but just push through, embrace the chaos, and acknowledge that your novel will go through a metamorphosis to become the best it can be.

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