Wednesday, November 03, 2010

A little helpful tip

Good work and good luck to everyone!
Do you want a quick trick to help you get through a day's writing?
Write down five things that can next happen in your story. For instance:

1. Goes for walk in woods
2. Comes home to find house open
3. Goes to neighbor for help
4. Finds neighbor dead
5. Heads into the woods to hide

Now write 400 words for each of those little points. You'll have made your word count for the day. If you find that you make your word count total by #3 because what you're writing is more than you imagined, put #'s 4 and 5 on a list for tomorrow.

This kind of mini-outline is really flexible because you're never very far ahead of where you're working. Be sure to think in terms of description, too. Description can really help to fill out the story.
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1 comment:

Bärbel said...

Thank you for this real cool idea. This is my very first NaNo, jumped into it without any preparation (heard of it 31th Oct) and struggled with the first problems on day 5.
But I can´t stop, the fun and excitement is much much bigger that the frustration.
With your tips I may get through the next days much better.
Hugs, Baerbel