Prep-tober Week Five: Writing Tools, Software, and Motivation

Prep-tober Week Five: Writing Tools, Software, and Motivation

To succeed at NaNoWriMo, you need to write 50,000 words in thirty days during the month of November. With Thanksgiving, Black Friday sales, and other commitments winning can be extremely hard. However, there are writing tools and software that will help you write, plan, and count your way to the finish line. To make things easier, I've compiled a list of some my favorite tools and software down below.

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Five Tips to Help You Get Through the Dreaded Middle and Beyond - Wordy Speculations

Five Tips to Help You Get Through the Dreaded Middle and Beyond - Wordy Speculations

Janell E. Robisch was kind enough to invite me to write a guest post on her blog, Wordy Speculations. Hop on over to her site to check it out and read my post on “Five Tips to Help You Get Through the Dreaded Middle During NaNoWriMo and Beyond."

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10 Ways to Meet Your Daily Word Count for NaNoWriMo

10 Ways to Meet Your Daily Word Count for NaNoWriMo

Please join me in welcoming guest blogger Janell E. Robisch to The Educated Writer!

So, you’ve decided to participate in National Novel Writing Month. You’ve committed to writing 50,000 words in thirty days.

If writing every day is new to you, you may quickly find yourself overwhelmed. However, with some simple tricks, you can preprogram your success and win NaNoWriMo!

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Prep-tober Week Four: Plots, Subplots, and Outlines

Prep-tober Week Four: Plots, Subplots, and Outlines

Plot is when a character pursues a goal, conflict arises, and a resolution is reached. It is your novel's main goal and what your character ultimately wants to achieve. I want to preface this post by saying I already have a blog post that you can find here, where I discuss the most common and easiest plot structure: The Three Act Structure.  I also discuss the 27 Chapter Plot Structure I use here. However, I want to reiterate that there’s no right way to write. What works for one person, may not work for another. The point is to use what works best, and don’t be scared to adapt as you go along.

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Prep-tober Week Three: Craft Strong Characters

Prep-tober Week Three: Craft Strong Characters

Characters are at the heart of any novel. You want your characters to be relatable and drive your plot forward. They are also an excellent tool to hook your readers and get them to continue reading your book. Therefore, it is essential that you get to know your characters beyond a surface level. If this is something you struggle with or something you want to get better at doing, be sure to take note of these five tips!

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Five Common Mistakes New Writers Make (And How to Avoid Them)

Five Common Mistakes New Writers Make (And How to Avoid Them)

No one is perfect. Whether you've been writing for years, or are just dipping your toes into the writing field, mistakes are bound to happen. However, I've found that with anything, I would rather a person tell me not only what to do, but also what not to do; Preferably, before I've spent the year writing a 100,000-word novel and am on my fifth round of edits.

Quick disclaimer: DO NOT get discouraged if you read the following list and realize you're making one or more of the following mistakes. I constantly need to remind myself not to fall into some of these same traps. The purpose of this post is to point the mistake out to you so you realize you're making it, can correct it, and hopefully avoid making the same mistake again in the future.

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