Every November, authors around the world gather online and via social media for National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo for short), pledging to attempt to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days or less. For many writers, NaNoWriMo 2017 will be the perfect opportunity to speed-write the manuscript they’ve been dreaming about, as its community support and online forums promote accountability that’s rarely found outside of a publisher or editor’s deadline. Midnight Publishing’s staff of editors and writers love this month of the year, as we’re incredibly passionate about stories being told by anyone who aspires to share them. (Do have dreams of writing a novel, memoir, self-help book or another type of manuscript, but aren’t sure where to begin? Then Midnight Publishing’s ghostwriting services might be perfect for you! Contact us today to discuss your project.)
Our experienced writers are quite familiar with the NaNoWriMo annual challenge, and we wanted to share some of our most productive and successful writing tips so that you can finish that book and cross the NaNoWriMo 2017 finish line:
1. #Wordsprints and Twitter
One of the best ways to stay on task when writing your book is with a little trick called a “wordsprint.” These are typically 15- to 30-minute increments of time in which an author writes as much as they can, posting their resulting word count on Twitter. Use the hashtag #wordsprint to find other writers who are currently sprinting as well, and race one another!
Twitter accounts to follow:
Don’t forget to #wordsprint alongside us this NaNoWriMo 2017! @Midnight Writing and @AshleyRCarlson1
2. Don’t Reread Your Work
This is a valuable tool all year when working on the first draft of a manuscript, but is essential when you’re on a time crunch. First drafts are meant to be messy, rife with typos and clichés, and shouldn’t even be glanced at until complete. Very rarely do authors revise as they write, and we don’t recommend it unless you’re a seasoned author who knows you can read your first draft material without becoming so discouraged that you quit.
3. Take Advantage of NaNoWriMo Community’s Resources and Support
There are a variety of resources available through the NaNoWriMo website, including NaNo Prep, a calendar where you can find local events, Pep Talks from bestselling authors, a wordsprint page through the NaNoWriMo website, and a multitude of forums discussing everything from NaNoWriMo rules to writing tips and genre groups.
4. Once the Manuscript is Complete, It’s Time for Editing!
Once you’ve completed your book, a celebration is in order! It’s not time to publish just yet, though; a manuscript is truly unearthed in its revisions. As Vladimir Nabokov stated, “I have rewritten—often several times—every word I have ever published. My pencils outlast their erasers.” They’re words to live by, and an editor’s touch can mean the difference between a bestseller or something critically panned. Whether you require a structural, in-depth developmental edit of the storyline, a copy edit to smooth out clunky phrasing and avoid repetitive verbiage, or a final proofread before publication or querying, Midnight Publishing’s editors offer it all. Build your author brand as one of professional and high-quality work that readers will thoroughly enjoy, and you’ll thank yourself for years to come as your writing career flourishes!
Midnight Publishing is currently accepting clients for editing and ghostwriting projects, and we’d love to work with you! Contact us today to tell us about your book ideas, and allow us to help facilitate you on the road to publication.