November again. This is Week 3, day 19 of Nanowrimo.
Yes, I am once again writing a novel for the month of November, but I’m doing it a little differently this year. I’m totally cheating.
Here are 6 ways you can cheat at Nanowrimo.
1. Start in October
Okay, first you need to build a time machine, so you can go back to October and begin your novel a month early. Then you’ll only need to write 831 words a day, or you can try for an even 1000 and take a couple of days off.
Even better yet, start in September with a basic outline. This is what I did. I had a story idea, but I wanted to make it as dramatic as possible, and I wanted to figure out what kind of world it was set in, and who my main character was when the story began.
Nanowrimo rebels are proud group. You can join anytime. Basically when you decide not to write a novel, but want to participate in Nanowrimo anyway – then you’re a rebel. Welcome to Club Rebel!
You can write a journal, write a memoir, write a bunch of short stories, or character sketches. Start a story, then start another one, and when you get bored with that one start another. Basically, your goal is to write 50,000 by the end of the month. In any way you can.
I did this two years ago. It was slightly underwhelming being a rebel. No reward. And at the end of the month I had a lot of fragmented stories.
3. Don’t write your story
Write a summary of your story, or the outline instead of your actual story.
This can include character descriptions, their background, their childhood exploits, or their high school days. What are their fetishes, their fears? What do they want? What do they need? What about family? What about friends?
Look up a good book about outlining and work on getting your outline finished instead. Every word counts and a good outline can help you write your story faster.
4. Break the 4th Wall
Complain about your characters. Have conversations with them. Write about how you meet them in the supermarket. What if they were your neighbor. What if you were stalking them. Put yourself into the story.
Write them a letter. For example
Dear Lillia and Marquez,
what is wrong with you? Would you stop being such idiots and get together already!! I’m stick of writing about your secrets. You both love each other, so why isn’t this happening? Why are you still not together?
from your frustrated author.
Then write their response.
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy writing schedule to write to me. As for your question, sorry, I’m just a character. You’re the author. It’s your job to write the story, not mine. Suck it up and write our story. Don’t blame me.
Sincerely yours, Lillia.
P.S. Marquez says, ‘no entiendo ingles’
AH!!! Can you believe how ridiculous my characters are. Watch out you two. This is a fight you never should have started. Terrible, terrible things are going to happen to you.
5. Experiment with your writing
Skip scenes. Write a flashback. Write your story out of order. Practice the art of repetition. Change your point of view. Did you start your story in first person, well switch to third, or second. Change your tense. Write in present tense, or switch to past tense. Switch your genre. It’s not a mystery anymore, its set the future, in outer space. Plot twist!
6. Use the nanowrimo: DARE ME button
I didn’t notice this before, but I found it under the links for My Nanowrimo. Go to the Word Sprints page. Then click on the DARE ME button on the bottom and you can get a dare. The real challenge here is accepting.
I got these:
End the next chapter with a literal cliffhanger
Surprise! Your protagonist finds out they’re related to their arch enemy
Anyone else have ideas to get through Nanowrimo? Let me know if you do. How are you getting through the third week?
Finished Reading: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
On my Kindle: Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash vol 6 by Ao Jyumonji
Current Distraction: Nanowrimo novel, Fairy Doctor Falls in Love