How to write a 50,000 word novel in a month

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Matthew Wright

There’s no doubt that National Novel Writing Month is a challenge. Even professional authors are hard-pushed to get 50,000 finished words out in thirty days.

monkey_readingThe problem isn’t so much the fact that on average the author has to write and finalise 1,666.66 words a day to achieve this.

The problem is sustaining it – and, also the fact that words are, in truth, merely flawed vehicles for expressing much bigger things. Not only do they have to be the right words, but they have to convey the right meaning, content and intent. There is a difference between quick-blat writing and quality text. And while the Nano organisers suggest that the NaNo novel will be more of the ‘quick blat’ variety, I figure the onus is on writers to be the best they can. Any time.

How’s it done? The secret’s in the planning – and in balancing that with…

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