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How-To: NaNoWriMo

So November is creeping ever nearer, and with it comes National Novel Writing Month. A month of tapping away at your computer, gulping through cup upon cup of coffee and losing sleep to make sure you get your word count. 

But it's fun, I swear.

So I thought I'd do a bit of a 'how-to' guide for anyone who's thinking about trying NaNoWriMo for the first time, or for anyone who has done it but feels they need a bit of advice. 

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NaNoWriMo Halfway Point

So It's just past the halfway point of NaNoWriMo and I've reached 27,095 words. I am so glad that I was a planner not a pantser this year, it has helped me so much to have the plan to look back on every time I've been stuck on something. The story has actually changed a lot in the past two weeks, I've realised things that don't really work from my original plan and changed some characters so that they fit better. 

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NaNoWriMo Prep: Research and Planning

I know I've been a bit quiet for a couple of weeks and I do have a reason. I've been thinking about attempting NaNoWriMo again this year, so I've been doing some prep for that. I have tried to complete it the last two years and have failed pretty miserably. The first year I got to 20,000 words before giving up, last year I got to a measly 8,000 words. I think I had the same problem both years, just a basic lack of planning.