Life After NaNoWriMo

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Yeah, I gotta shout it out. I’m a winner! I passed the 50K words mark last night, after being behind for almost the entire month.

How did I do it? Basically, I just decided I was going to do it. I went to a write-in on Wednesday night and wrote almost 4K words. On Thursday, I made up my mind to make the goal that day and wrote over 4K words.

Something that helped is I found a new-to-me technique. Several days ago, I wrote an email to a close friend. Then, after I opened my book file, I stared at the blank page and thought, “If only I could write this chapter as an email.”

Cue the light bulb above my head. I think I might have heard an angelic choir in the background as well.

I’ve read similar advice before, along the lines of “write the chapter as a letter.” However, that never resonated with me because letters, for me, have always been somewhat formal affairs. An email, on the other hand, especially to a close friend, is where I write like I talk and don’t have much of a filter. I can let my feelings out and describe a situation from my point of view.

The chapter zipped from my fingers. I wasn’t worried about describing the scene. I let the character describe what happened and his emotions surrounding the situation. After that, I wrote a couple of regular chapters. Then, last night, I wrote two more chapters as emails and I reached the 50K mark.

In the next draft, will these chapters remain in email form? Probably not. But when I rewrite, I’ll have a much better idea of how the characters feel about events because they’ve told their closest friends.

NaNoWriMo is over for me, but the book still needs to be completed. I have another 25K words to go, I’d say. My new goal is to have the first draft completed by December 31.

Anyone out there who participated in this year’s NaNoWriMo, I hope you reach goal at the end of today, whether is was 10K or 50K words this month.

I’ve listed two Kindle books today, one free-for-now and one for $0.99.

The free-for-now book is basically a rant by an indie author about indie authors. It’s a complaint about the bad quality books that are being self-published, but also contains advice on how to write and edit a good quality book. After finishing NaNoWriMo, you might think you’ve written a masterpiece. Think again and consider reading this book. No matter how brilliant an idea, a hot mess is a hot mess until you clean it up. You can find the author’s blog here.

The other book is one I wish I had before November 1. It give advice on how to write fast and well. The author has a blog which describes some of her techniques, and if you like what you see, I suggest showing the love and buying the book. It’s only $0.99.

  Rage against the Indie by Stella Deleuze
Those who have been following my blog, know that I hold a Ph.D. in ranting. Be it about self-published authors and their behaviour in social media, or the mediocre to non-existent quality of self-published books. Not all of them, but certainly the ones I’ve deleted. To help lift the overall quality, I decided to do what I do best: write a lengthy rant about my observations and experiences, followed by suggestions on how to make it better, and a few additional tips and tricks. Beware: it’s not for the faint-hearted. Whether you are a suffering reader or a self-published author, I hope you’ll get a giggle and some useful advice, or maybe even both from this book.

  2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love by Rachel Aaron Not free. $0.99.
Have you ever wanted to double your daily word counts? Do you sometimes feel like you’re crawling through your story? Do you want to write more every day without increasing the time you spend writing or sacrificing quality? It’s not impossible, it’s not even that hard. This is the book explaining how, with a few simple changes, I boosted my daily writing from 2000 words to over 10k a day, and how you can too.

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Disclaimers and Disclosures

I found this book via Amazon’s Kindle eBooks store. Resources for free Kindle and other format eBooks are listed in my sidebar.

This freebie is a limited time offer and there is no guarantee it will still be free when you click on the link. Grab it sooner rather than later.

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