How to Know You’ve Finished Writing Your Novel

NaNoWriMo is a great time to get a start on writing your novel, but how do you take your rough draft you’ve written during NaNoWriMo and make into something that might be of publishable standards? In today’s blog post I’m going to talk about how you can go from first draft to a manuscript that is ready for publication!

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9 Tips to Write More During NaNoWriMo

How’s NaNoWriMo going for everyone? If you’re like most, you may be significantly behind because, let’s face it, it’s hard to write 50,000 words in one month. Today I’ve gathered some of my favorite tips to boost your writing, not only during NaNoWriMo, but any day when you need help getting some words down on paper.

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Defeat NaNoWriMo Mid-Book Syndrome!

You’ve got 30 days to write 50,000 words. Today is day fourteen of NaNoWriMo 2017, which means that you should be somewhere around 25,000 words if you want to be on track to hit 50,000 words by the end of the month. While hitting the mid-point of NaNoWriMo is cause for celebration, I’m here to talk about what no one wants to really admit, and that’s the fact that you’ve come down with mid-book syndrome. If you’ve been watching my videos for a while you know that mid-book syndrome if what I call when you’ve hit the middle of your book and you’re just not feeling it anymore. Sound familiar? Let’s look at the symptoms:

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Why You Should Participate in NaNoWriMo

What’s the point of participating in National Novel Writing Month? There are a few people out there that think NaNoWriMo isn’t right for them because they think if they force themselves to write 50,000 words in one month it won’t be good, and this may be true,  but this could be said for any first draft of a novel. It’s not going to come out good, but it will get you started. NaNoWriMo is a huge community of writers coming together to help motivate each other. During the month of November, you learn how to get yourself into the habit of writing every day. If at the end of the month, it’s not too good, that’s fine. You can fix that in draft two. Don’t believe me? Well, check out some of these New York Times Bestselling authors that wrote their novels during NaNoWriMo.

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NaNoWriMo Character Development #ProjectWriteTube [Giveaway]

November is National Novel Writing Month and in honor or preparation for many of you writing a 50,000 words novel in one month, I’m taking part in #ProjectWriteTube which a collaboration of YouTubers who are talking about the preparation of NaNoWriMo in the month of October. My video/blog post is just one of many created by other authors, so to watch all the YouTube videos, be sure to check out the #ProjectWriteTube playlist on YouTube:

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Preparing for NaNoWriMo! #Preptober

We’re already into the second week of October! For anyone in the writing community, you may know this means you only have about three weeks until NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Writers brave enough are going to somehow manage to write 50k words in a single month! I’ve never done NaNoWriMo myself because the timing is always terrible, and this year because of final semester craziness I won’t be able to participate again, but I will be taking part in #Preptober. October is the month that is dedicated to preparing to write an entire novel in a month. Tamera Woods, also known as PenPaperPad, is hosting a huge collab of YouTubers where we’ll all be posting videos about what you should be doing to prepare for NaNoWriMo. Some videos have already been posted, so here is the playlist which will have all the videos added to them as they come along: Continue reading

What am I Writing? || NaNoWriMo 2016

Have you been wondering what I’ve been up to while you’ve all been writing away for NaNoWriMo? While I’m not writing a 50,000 word novel in a month, I am writing a novel. A novel that I’ve talked about only a little bit here on YouTube. So far the writing is going great, so today I’ll share the first few pages with you. Enjoy!

Super NaNoWriMo Girl!

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Have no fear, super girl is here! NaNoWriMo is almost here so I thought, what better time to dress up and give you all rapid fire tips? Load up on candy and get that super high going! You’ll need it for the next month of writing!

Outlines & Storyboards: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlHz8Qizj-I

Organizing Writing Thoughts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0SaaEzTjZU

Forming a Story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6Ie86BGZzg

Outline Misconceptions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iC6UYkRd5hg

NaNoWriMo Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZpcZ9u8pb_r5Qzy23QNRkZREdr0hTSoW

Kick Back and Relax During NaNoWriMo?

I cross my heart I am not going to abandon you all this NaNoWriMo season! I LOVE NaNoWriMo! I mean, it’s national novel writing month! What’s not to love about that? But since I have some intense rewrites to do, I won’t be able to post a crazy amounts of videos for you guys. On the bright side, I have TONS of videos I’ve made for all of you in the past years about NaNoWriMo, and just writing in general!

Here’s a link to my NaNoWriMo playlist: http://bit.ly/2eCyKqC

My Ya Ink playlist: http://bit.ly/2estgyu

Remember, YA Ink is a series of videos on everything you need to know about writing! Don’t see a video that answers a question you may have on writing? Let me know! I’ll make the video!

Life After NaNoWriMo

My NaNoWriMo profile: http://nanowrimo.org/participants/mandilynnwrites