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December 2, 2015

Writing a Novel in a Month – My NaNoWriMo 2015 Experience

NaNoWriMo Results 2015

Hi, Kind Friends! Today I’ve got a fun video to share with you covering my recent experience this past November. As you may know, this is my second year participating in National Novel Writing Month. AKA, NaNoWriMo.

Last year I wrote a heck of a lot, making it to 35,000 words. This year I did even better, beating the challenge at 50,023 words. I’ll admit, I didn’t write all of those words on my novel. I also write a very long 20 chapter fanfiction. Yup, #NoShame though. I love fanfiction and writing one this month actually helped me learn how to better organize my outlines and finish a full first draft. In my 5 Tips For: New Writers post I recommend trying absolutely every kind of writing style possible because it really helps your skills grow and I know this month has helped me with that tremendously.

To help me remember this fun experience, I’ve recorded small clips from most of the days in November and strung them together here:

I still have a long way to go, especially since I’ve only written poems up until August for my novel told in verse, and I have a lot of editing to do for my fanfiction, but I’m really excited to keep working on my writing in December.

See some exclusive NaNoWriMo videos on my YouTube channel.

Would you ever try NaNoWriMo? Or CampNaNo

I love how inspiring the NaNoWriMo community is and I really look forward to participating again next year.

In Tips, Writing on
November 12, 2015

5 Tips For: New Writers

5 tips to help new writers get started

Hello, Kind Friends! Today I am sharing with you the first of my new series, 5 Tips For. I have three of these articles planned for this month so I hope you enjoy the content. This post will feature five writing tips, as I know that is something a lot of my readers are pursuing right now with NaNoWriMo.

If you haven’t been to my blog before, my name is Rebecca and I have been a blogger for over five years now, pursing more creative writing since 2013, and have been working as a freelance writer during this past year. Since I started working more closely with my writing, I’ve noticed very obvious improvements in my work so I wanted to share with you the tips that helped me get to where I am now.

A video sharing this info:

 

My Top Five Tips for Writers:

  1. Don’t take all advice too seriously. What works for one author or copywriter may not work for you and that’s okay.
  2. Write as many kinds of writing forms as you can. Try poetry, novellas, personal essays, copywriting, write a movie review, etc. until you find what type of content makes you feel the most excited to write.
  3. Try all kinds of writing software and techniques. Write in notebooks, use Novlr, try Scrivener, Evernote, Google Drive, etc. until you find what makes you feel the most productive and inspired.
  4. Read the content you want to produce. It’s difficult to write about a genre that you don’t have experience reading.
  5. Have a quote, goal, or person you admire to help guide your writing journey. This will help keep you focused over time.

I also want to put in a little shout out here for Kiera Cass, the author of The Selection Series, her YouTube channel has always inspired me.

Good luck to everyone working on novels this month for NaNoWriMo! You are on a really fun path right now, I applaud you.

My NaNoWriMo videos – NaNo Week 1 Thoughts | The NaNoWriMo tag

Have you come across any writing tips that have really helped you? Share them in the comments so we can try them out ourselves.

[I could not find the original image sources for the collage in this post, if you know the original photographer, let me know so I can credit them.]