Words on Wednesday

Words on Wednesday is going to be all about a part of the writing process as I do it, so look out for posts on drafting, revisions, and things in between and things that cover all of those things.

Today, seeing as NaNoWriMo is so close, some writing tips!

TIP ONE: PREPARE

Some of you may be like this, reading the above:

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And some of you will be like this, reading the above:

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But don’t worry, because preparing does not mean that you have to have a detailed outline. It could mean brainstorming, index cards, beat sheets, bullet points. It doesn’t matter as long as you have enough of an understanding of your project that you don’t spend most of the time going:

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Really, you don’t want to be doing that, especially during something like NaNoWriMo. Trust me.

TIP TWO: COLLECT INSPIRATION

It doesn’t matter what inspires you, but if there’s a way to collect, do it so that it’s there when you need it. If music inspires you, make a playlist on something like iTunes or Spotify. If images inspire you, collect images on something like Pinterest or do a collage with magazines and glue stick. Hey, if movies or shows inspire you, make a collection of DVDs or on Netflix or the like. As long as you write words and you have something to inspire you at hand, you’ll be fine.

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TIP THREE: HAVE A WRITING BUDDY

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Writing buddies are a godsend. They’re there for you when you need to brainstorm, when you need a shoulder to cry on and when you need to celebrate. You can find them online through the various writing communities, including on Twitter.

What are your writing tips?

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