Pump Up Your Word Count, NaNo’ers!

November 27, 2009 at 12:36 am

A student of mine emailed me in a panic last week:

“My word count is at 1,000, but I need help boosting my word count because my story is progressing way too fast! Help!”

Ask, and you shall receive:

Here are some tips to add to your word count:

Use a TON of descriptions: describe gestures, clothing, scenery, rooms, furniture, etc

Use some inner dialogue: have your protagonist or antagonist talk to themselves about something that’s bothering them, have them talk out how they’re going to handle it.

Use a flashback or dream: one of your characters can be reminded of something from their past, then write in in the past tense, but bulk up the scene with descriptions and dialogue. Or write about  a dream or nightmare they’ve had or are having  – this is cool in the sense that you can write in a different tone/genre for the dream sequence.

If you need more tips, check out the YWP NaNo website: http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/

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