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NaNoWriMo: Day Five – TIPS!

Just posted on the YWP NaNoWriMo site today:

Here are ten writing tips to help you keep those word counts rising!

1. Use your five senses throughout your book: sight (what a place looks like), hearing (how it sounds), smell (what it smells like), taste, and lastly, how it feels.

2. Write every day even if it’s just a few lines.

3. Don’t blab your story out to everyone. Only show it to those who will give constructive criticism.

4. Create a sympathetic character that readers will like. Think about what they want more than anything in the world. Then think about lots of things that can get in their way. Then there’s your story.

5. Raise questions early on in your book and delay the answers to make readers want to read on to find out.

6. Carry a notebook everywhere you go as you never know when inspiration will strike.

7. Don’t throw anything you write away as years later, it may spark something off.

8. Write the first draft freely without judging it, then rewrite with the rational/critical side of your brain.

9. Read a lot.

10 Never give up. Persevere through rejection. Loads of famous novelists had their books rejected the first time around but were successful because they didn’t give up.


Cathy Hopkins lives in North London with her husband and two mad cats. It took her until she was 35 to decide what she wanted to do when she grew up (be a writer). She is the author of the Mates Dates teen fiction series (set in London) the Truth Dare series (set in Cornwall), the Zodiac Girls (set in the fictional place called Osbury) and Cinnamon Girl (set in London). The books are now published in 30 different countries and have sold over four million copies. The fifth book in the Mates, Dates series, Mates, Dates, and Sole Survivors, was recently released in the U.K.


November 5, 2008 at 2:32 pm

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