I’m NaNoWriMo-ing…

November is National Novel Writing Month. And this year, thousands of folks are buckling down and doing their best to write a 50,000 word novel.  They’re participating in NaNoWriMo–and so am I.

Each day, I pound away at my story. I set word counts, page counts, and I do my best to meet those goals. Sure, November can be a crazy month–lots of people are traveling, there’s Thanksgiving, Christmas shopping, and the general craziness of life.

But…if you’re  a NaNoWriMo-er, you slip in your writing time around all that other madness.  You get your words in. You fight for those words. You survive!

So here are a few of my tips for writing during the month of November.  Since “giving” is such a big part of November, you’ll see that each step involves you giving just a wee bit…

1. Give up sleep. Wait–what?  Okay, don’t give up all of your sleep, but give up some. Get up an hour early. Go to bed an hour late.  You’d be surprised at what just an extra hour can do.

2. Give up lunch. Uh, huh…are you sensing a trend?  But instead of spending an hour racing out to pick up food, bring a bagged lunch with you to work. Munch quickly, then write! Write on a laptop or scribble your story down in a notebook.

3. Give up a TV show. Look, TV is awesome, I get that.  But you know what else is awesome? The DVR. Record your show. Watch it when your words are written.

4.  Give your chores to someone else. Yes, I know, this sounds sweet! And in the interest of writing, you are just going to have to sacrifice those chores. Give ‘em to the kids. To your husband. To your wife.  You write, let them do the housework.

5. Give yourself permission to write the story that is calling to you. Follow your instincts and let the story guide you.

If you’ve got any writing tips, please share them!



Cynthia Eden
ANGEL OF DARKNESS–Available 11/29/11 from Kensington Brava
When an angel falls, all hell breaks loose…

(And, hey, pssst…tomorrow, I’ll be back with a giveaway!)

About Cynthia Eden

Award-winning author Cynthia Eden writes dark tales of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader best-seller. Cynthia is also a two-time finalist for the RITA® award (she was a finalist both in the romantic suspense category and in the paranormal romance category). Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over thirty-five novels and novellas. More information about Cynthia can be found at www.cynthiaeden.com.
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6 Responses to I’m NaNoWriMo-ing…

  1. Katie Reus says:

    Great advice! I’ve given up sleep a few times the past couple weeks to meet my word count goals and it’s totally worth it. Even though I feel a bit crazed this month, I’m loving the high word counts!

  2. Edie Ramer says:

    Here’s one tip that would free up a lot of time for me (if only I’d stick to it):

    Stay off the internet! Or cut your time on it drastically.

    You go, Cynthia! I know you’ll make your words.

  3. nice! And that cover is hawt! I’m hard at work editing, so am not doing NaNo this year, but good luck to all those who are! Ohhh, and one tip, dont’ worry about editing the first draft. Just write!

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