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A (late) NaNo Round Up…

So, how did you all do? Finish your novel by November 30? Meet your designated word count (if you were signed up for the Young Writers’ Program) or the 50k if you registered on the adult NaNo site?

I am a bit disappointed in myself for not finishing and winning. I do not like to lose. What happened? How did I miss the train to NaNo-ville? Well, life happened: family illness, a funeral and a road trip to Paris, TN. I guess there are stories behind all of those life happenings. Journal now. Draft later.

But, I do have a bunch of young writers to CONGRATULATE for meeting their goals – or even just attempting to write a full novel in November. You can be added to this esteemed list. Just send me a quick email (mjcwriter”at”comcast”dot”net) by 12/17 with your first name, last initial, age, novel title, word count and a brief summary of your novel.  Then, come back on Friday to read more…


December 14, 2009 at 10:58 pm

Pump Up Your Word Count, NaNo’ers!

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:

November 27, 2009 at 12:36 am

NaNo Prompts, turkey style

Your characters are having a feast. On some unusual dishes:

Pickles and peanut butter

Cold tomato soup with tuna chunks

Mince meat pie with vanilla ice cream

Beef Jerky and Poptarts

How do these items get to the gathering? Who brings them? Are they homemade or store-bought? Are the dishes filled with secret ingredients?

November 25, 2009 at 12:14 am

NaNo Prompts

Stuff your novel with these adjectives:












November 24, 2009 at 12:11 am

NaNo Prompts to boost your word count

Add one of these flashbacks:

A lost pet

Confronting a bully for the first time

Changing schools

November 23, 2009 at 12:07 am

More Prompts

Put these items in a scene with your antagonist:


A bathtub filled with green slime

Pencil case filled with Smencils

Belly filled with hot wings – ouch!

November 20, 2009 at 12:02 am

NaNoWriMo Prompt

get that word count PUMPED UP!!!

Have your character start up a fundraising campaign for their school or organization.  But, they are selling Chinese stars and camouflage headbands…

November 19, 2009 at 12:02 am

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