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3 Tips to Help You Stay On Track with Your Writing

Learn 3 simple tips to help you stay on track with writing, especially if you are writing a book.

Lots of people want to know how to stay on track with their story if they plan on being a part of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). NaNoWriMo is meant to get you 50,000 words in the month of November, which breaks down to roughly 1,667 words per day. That can be a tall order so I wanted to give you my top three tips for staying on track with your writing when you are sitting down to write every day. This advice can be used for any writing project, not just for NaNoWriMo.

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Create your 5 point writing plan:

  1. Opening scene: where is your protagonist or where are your characters now? What does the world they are in look like right now?
  2. What is the event that shakes things up?
  3. The messy middle: this is where you'll have at least 3 different scenes. 
  4. The final battle: always has a precursor of surrender
  5. Closing scene or destination

Know your Characters

  • Protagonist, Antagonist, and a few supporting characters
  • Write down the names and some information about them
  • Their particular story arc
  • Have then tell you what they said, what they did, what they want

Avoid editing during the writing process

  • Save editing until you've reached the end.
  • Ignore you internal editor for the time being, instead write notes in the margins of the manuscript
  • Get all of your words out first

Whether it's the first draft of a novel, a memoir, or a how-to, no one is immune to editing and there are no prizes for perfect grammar and beautiful sentences before the final draft. There are only prizes for finishing, so getting into the habit of using these 3 tips will set you up for success.

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