Random NaNoWriMo Tips #2: Typos? What are those?

This one may seem kind of obvious, but I figured I’d say it anyway and not because I didn’t have anything else to write.  No, why would you ask that?

Don’t fix typos.  Yes, you may edn pu teyping liek htis, but it’s NaNoWriMo for goodness sake.  You’re writing a novel in the month of November.  Notice that it doesn’t say a good novel.  Quantity over quality.

We all have inner-editors, and in my case, that editor gets really annoyed at typos and at my terrible typing skills (which are known for making typos every other word at a minimum), but if I were to sit there correcting all of my typos, my word count would probably not be as good as it could.

I wrote for about ~15 minutes on Write or Die (writeordie.com) and just barely made it to a thousand words.  Great, right?  Well…except for the fact that it wasn’t really written in English.  I could have sworn it was in my head, but it came out more or less in Gibberish because there were so many typos and such.

So, the point is, don’t worry about the typos.  You can worry about them in December and January, but for November, let’s just pretend the word doesn’t even exist.

Deal?

Random NaNoWriMo Tips #1: The Importance of Loving Your Story

I’ve really been neglecting my blog lately, and part of it, I realized, is my lack of things to post about.  So I asked a few friends, and one of their suggestions was to post some tips for NaNoWriMo.  Voila, here’s my Randon NaNoWriMo tips.

To start off, I’d like to say that loving your story is important.  Normally I’d say something more along the lines of loving your characters, but sometimes you don’t even know the characters when you start, so you just kinda have to love everything about it.

Why?

Well, imagine this.  You’re sitting at your desk, staring at the computer screen, and you realize something.  You’re bored.  You have to write, and you may even know what to write, but you don’t seem to feel the need to put the words on the page.  You’re bored.

Sound fun?  Well, I shouldn’t think so.  If you happen to meet someone who does think that’s fun, be sure to let me know.  I think I might want to speak with them.  But since I’m pretty sure that won’t ever happen, let’s get to the point.  Being bored of the story isn’t pleasant.  But, wait!  If you love your story, you’ll be less like to be bored of it, right?

In April, I wrote a novel for Camp NaNo about a girl who had been turned into a statue.  Neat, right?  I thought so, until I started writing.  My protagonist wasn’t likeable, in the slightest.  I wouldn’t say I hated her, but it was pretty close.  I loved my other characters—including the character that was supposed to be a villain—and the story, albeit kinda crazy and all over the place, was fun.

I made it all the way to the climax and then gave up, because I couldn’t keep writing about my main protagonist.  Frankly, I’m not even sure how I made it that far.  Needless to say, I didn’t make it to my word goal for that month.

So the point of this longer-than-I-originally-intended post, is that you have to be interested in your story.  Also, try not to dislike your main character.  It makes things a tad bit harder.