4 Important Ways to Get Ready for NaNoWriMo

4 Important Ways to Get Ready for NaNoWriMo

***Are you ready for NaNoWriMo?*** It’s the question most asked this time of year, right before National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) that takes over the month of November every year. If this is your first time doing NaNoWriMo, don’t stress out too much about it. It’s a huge learning process where you’ll discover what’s most important for you to be able to produce content on a continual basis to move forward towards your end goal of 50,000 words in 30 days. The biggest lesson I’ve learned over the years is that it’s not so much about the end result. What you have at the end of 30 days will in no shape or form be a novel ready to print. Depending on your genre, novels can be 80,000 words and up. Just understand: you won’t be finished with it on November 30th.

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World-building: What You Need to Know

World-building: What You Need to Know

If you write science fiction or fantasy, your readers expect to drop into a new world. But regardless of what type of fiction you write, you'll need to build a believable society for your story. We take a look at how.

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Punch Up Your Narrative Arc and Character Development

Punch Up Your Narrative Arc and Character Development

You’ve survived yet another NaNoWriMo. Congratulations! You’ve just written a book in 30 days. Now what? Kathy Edens tackles this question.

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How to Be Productive During NaNoWriMo

How to Be Productive During NaNoWriMo

Write first. Proofread in December. It’s all about getting the words down on the page (or the computer screen). We published an article a couple of months ago about [ilys]( https://prowritingaid.com/art/375/Where-We-Write-%E2%80%A6-ilys.aspx ), an online platform that only allows you to see the last letter you typed on the screen. You can’t go back and edit—you can only keep typing until you’ve hit your word goal for the day. While this platform may take the “just write, don’t edit” rule further than many writers are comfortable with, the idea remains the same whether you are writing in word, Scrivener or with a quill and ink. Just write.

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What's After NaNoWriMo?

What's After NaNoWriMo?

It’s time to burst your bubble. Sorry! The typical paperback novel is between 80,000 and 100,000 words long. Yes, you completed 50,000 words, and that’s an amazing achievement in 30 days. But 50,000 words does not a novel make. The beauty of NaNoWriMo is that it releases you from worrying about what you’re writing, trying to make it perfect, and instead you just focus on getting words down on the page. And that is a serious accomplishment: 50,000 words in 30 days. NaNoWriMo hopefully taught you that when you’re not seeking perfection, you can get an amazing amount of words out instead of staring at a blank page. So, sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but you’ve likely got more work ahead on that novel of yours. Here's what you need to know...

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Learning How to Write Mystery

Learning How to Write Mystery

When writing mystery, manipulating your target audience to keep them turning pages is key. Here's how to write like Agatha Christie.

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How to Write Romance like Nora Roberts

How to Write Romance like Nora Roberts

One of the most prolific romance writers, Nora Roberts, writes a new romance novel every 45 days. How does she do it? We examine.

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How to Build Worlds like J.R.R. Tolkien

How to Build Worlds like J.R.R. Tolkien

When you build another world, you’re responsible for creating everything from the flora and fauna surviving in this new universe to a variety of species, including man, who inhabit your world. Here's how to do it.

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How to Write an Introduction for Your Essay or Dissertation

How to Write an Introduction for Your Essay or Dissertation

A good introduction is one of the most important elements of your paper. Academic articles with great introductions gather widespread favor, as do blog posts, articles, essays, and other digital content. The best way to learn how to write a great introduction is by studying those done well. In this article, we examine how to open an academic paper.

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How to Use ProWritingAid’s Acronym Report

How to Use ProWritingAid’s Acronym Report

An acronym is an abbreviation formed from the first letters of a string of words pronounced as its own word. For example, consider the acronym NASA. You know how it’s pronounced as a separate word, but it comprises the first letters of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Today, many people communicate in acronyms and abbreviations. You may have seen some of these, especially in social media.

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How to Use the Dialogue Check

How to Use the Dialogue Check

Dialogue is how your readers learn characters’ thoughts and sometimes their personality traits. The key to effective dialogue is to manage your use of dialogue tags. In this article, we explain how to use ProWritingAid's Dialogue Tag check.

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The Best Sci-Fi Books of All Time

The Best Sci-Fi Books of All Time

We culled some of the biggest reader polls from Goodreads and National Public Radio’s Books. The following top 25 best Science Fiction books ever published were voted on by thousands of devoted science fiction readers.

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What is the Best Salutation for an Email?

What is the Best Salutation for an Email?

How you open an email, especially to someone you don’t know, is your only chance to make a good first impression. In this article, we explain the best ways to start off a cold email.

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What’s Better: Yours Sincerely or Yours Faithfully?

What’s Better: Yours Sincerely or Yours Faithfully?

What's better? "Yours sincerely" or "yours faithfully"? It depends on which side of the pond you fall.

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Blog Your Dog: How to Start Your Own Pet Blog

Blog Your Dog: How to Start Your Own Pet Blog

Have you heard of Doug the Pug or Grumpy Cat? Here’s how to start your own pet blog.

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