Moving Beyond National Novel Writing Month (November)

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Today is January the first, 2014 and I hope that everyone has had a Happy New Year.  I am still writing my novel beyond the 50,000 word goal.  Part of my writing process has me writing some parts of my story in my notebook, some parts in a writing app on my iPhone, and then putting everything together on my computer.

Writing Tips

What I use to write with depends on whatever I have lying around, if I’m waiting for an appointment, or who is with me.  For some reason, typing in my Iphone is more acceptable than writing in my notebook when I am with friends.   Everyone thinks I am writing a long text message to a friend rather than trying to add more words to a long story.

I have joined National Writing Month’s forum which is open all year long.  You can click here to view my profile.  Also feel free to add me as a friend on the forum.  It’s always nice to see what others are writing.  There are a few very helpful threads that have helped me continue writing my novel.

One thing that helped me out last month was knowing that I was writing a rough draft.  There was and still is no need to feel like every word on paper or screen has to be perfect.  Editing will become important on the second draft and whenever I let another pair of eyes view my work.   What slowed me down on the first week was constantly stopping and editing my work as if I was on the final draft.

The last tip was generally knowing what direction my story was going, what my character’s personalities were like, and how my characters respond to certain situations.  For me, knowing such things helped prevent writers block and kept me writing.

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