Axe-Wielding Space Weasels! A Few NaNoWriMo Tips

In which our friend Audrey, YA fantasy author extraordinaire, dishes out some hilarious, super-useful advice for NaNoWriMo. First-time NaNo participants and veterans alike, this one’s got your name on it!

Audrey Coulthurst

Hordes of writers near and far are stocking up on coffee and wine and are installing fresh padding on the walls of their writing caves for the month of November. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is officially upon us. It’s time for a month of writing intense enough to wear one’s fingers to bloody stumps and the ingestion of enough caffeine to create a violent eye twitch that will linger well into December.

The goal is to write a 50,000-word novel in thirty days.

Every November seems so fresh and new to me that sometimes I forget my veteran status. This will be my ninth year as a participant. Now that I’ve been around the 50,000-word block a few times, I’d like to share some survival tips I’ve accumulated over the years.

  • Don’t edit. I’m serious. Don’t even edit the last two sentences you wrote at the end of your previous…

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