NaNo Tips: This Draft Will Suck

So last week we talked about how to make time in your day to write so you can get those crucial 1667 words down in a 24 hour period.

Now, two weeks into NaNo, you might go back and read what you’ve written thus far and think, “Dear God, this sucks bad!” And you know what, it probably does. But you also know what? That’s 100% okay.

Writing 50,000 words in 30 days is not about Quality but QUANTITY. Nobody cares how good the words are, just as long as you write them. This whole experience is about being able to say at the end of November, “I wrote a book. I set a goal and I accomplished it.”

No one said it had to be a good book or a book that anyone would read, it just has to be 50,000 words, that’s it.

So don’t worry about how bad or good it is. Just keep pressing forward and write those words. One thing that helps me do this is that I’ve striped MS Word of all distractions. I hide the tool bars and I turn off the spell/grammar checker. Those little red and green lines drive me crazy. Also, don’t go back and read more than the last paragraph or two of what you’ve written, and only to get your bearings within the story.

Don’t waste time editing. That’s what December and all the following months are for.

So keep writing Brave NaNoers! You Can Do It!


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