Sunday, November 4, 2012

NaNoWriMo Tips from a Teen

It is NaNo time and for many of us we are hard at work, trying to meet the daily word count. It is my first time doing NaNo and I decided to go straight for the adult version - no young writer's programme for me!

Before November started, I posted a lot of handy tips on my own blog for people who really want to win NaNo this year. I know what you're thinking - a teen, and it is her first time? What am I going to learn from her?

But hear me out! I did a lot of research beforehand and I am already 8000 words into the competition.

Dares are brilliant for incorporating into your novel when you have a little bit of writer's block. here are some for you to try, if you really get stuck:

1. I lost the game!

Ugh. I hate that game and love it at the same time. Pretend your characters are having a normal conversation, and then one shouts 'DAMN IT - I LOST THE GAME!'. The other characters can then get into an argument with the first one about making them lose the game. You word count will shoot up! 

2. Don't think about penguins.

This method is kind of like the first one. All you can probably think about now is penguins, and the object of the game is to not think about penguins. This, in effect, makes you think about penguins more. Make your characters go through this annoying time, they will thank you for it in the end. 

3. Oops! The wrong abandoned building.

Picture the scene. Your characters have just spent ages searching for the address of an abandoned building and they have to go in it - facing probable death. But then, disaster strikes! It is the wrong abandoned building and they have to start all over again. Your words will multiply with this idea!

 4. Social networking addiction.

We have all been there. Let's face it... we are all THERE. So why not one of your characters? This  could be a main storyline or a little extra; this is also a good topic for an argument!

5. Get down Mr President!

This is basically what this dare is - a great idea for a scene!

6. Parodying your English Teacher!

There are two types of teachers - really cool (like my English teacher) or really uncool (like most of my other teachers). And since this is a book, which relies on the English language... why not include your former (or present) English teacher? This is perhaps one of the trickiest dares to do - you already have your inspiration but if your English teacher happens to read it in the future it could be disastrous! 

Aside from the dares, other things you might consider getting are writing buddies.

But what are writing buddies?

Well, they're definitely not people you consult about your writing. Although, you can get those.

They are imaginary animals, and each writing buddy has a special job to do. For example, you can have Dialogue birds who help you with your character's speech, and Hellhounds to guard your story from any harm that might cross it's path. I don't have one of each, but I do have special little friends of my own. These are some of the other buddies you can have, but they're mine! You can't have the same buddies as someone else:

My writing buddies: 
Plot Cat - Gordo (a vampire cat who drinks the blood of bad plots!)
Anti-distraction Demon - TumTum  (a dragon named after the ultimate distraction... Tumblr)
Fiction Fairy - Blossom (named after the 90's show character. She raids my word count fridge.)

If you want to add me as a human buddy, my name is BookFangirling. But these are actually really helpful because if you don't have anyone else to consult... why not your own imagination?

If you want more NaNo tips, you can find them under the October archives of my blog

Have fun, and good luck to all of you!
The Book Critic x

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