Writing Wednesday on 12/12/12! So writing advice for this week is focusing on don’t edit while writing! The best way to get through our stories is to stop editing and just write. Creating the book (right brain) is different from editing the book (left brain). Don’t write and edit.
A great trick for this is making your monitor very simple is turn off the spelling and grammar check. Another great way is to turn off or dim your monitor entirely because you can’t edit if you can’t see the screen.
Challenging yourself to writing sprints is another great way to get the book completed. The idea is to write as many words as possible in usually 30-45 minute increments. Take a break between sprints but challenge yourself to write more each time. These sprints also keep you from editing especially when it’s about getting down as many words as possible.
Even though NaNoWriMo is over it is always a great time to dare yourself into writing so many words a day. This is a great way to set goals and time for yourself to get that book finished. Don’t forget to find time write every day.
I’m not sure if any of you are like me but when I write I like having a basic timeline idea for writing. There are also great books out there on getting your book out in a specific amount of time. My personal favorite is The 90-Day Novel: Unlock the Story Within by Alen Watt. Also good books on getting your book done is How to Write a Fiction Novel in 30 Days or Less by Nicholas Black and Write a Novel in Thirty Days by Sara McGrath. These are great books that are about getting the story out so you can concentrate on the editing later.
Don’t forget to challenge yourself and keep writing!