TIPS FOR NANOWRIMO

It’s National Novel Writing Month, so we’re hard at work on the Fringe Hikers book.

The goal of Nanowrimo is to write 50,000 words in a month. We are getting a little behind, so here are the tips we have found work well for reaching that elusive goal.

1. Never use one word when two words will do.
Instead of “hurry”, try “Make haste.”

2. Use the perfect continuous conditional.
“He would have been running” is a lot more words than “He ran.”

3. Use prepositions.
You can chain together a very long sentence in a short time with judicious use of prepositions.

4. Write in an analytic language like Vietnamese rather than an agglutinating one like IƱupiat.

5. Use “Very.”
Instead of “He was furious,” use “He was very angry.” In a pinch, you can double up or even triple up on your use of “very.” “He was very very very very angry.” That’s a lot of emotion!!

6. Double up for emphasis
Whenever something important happens in your story, it’s OK to put a little more emphasis on it by reiterating it twice. Don’t reinvent the wheel, just use what was successful earlier!

7. Use prepositions.
You can chain together a very long sentence in a short time with judicious use of prepositions.