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NaNoWriMo Activity: Cage Your Inner Editor

We all have Inner Editors. Those pesky things that tell us to stop writing, to put things on hold for corrections, to pause and fix grammatical errors and spelling. They can be wonderful during revision, not so much during the first draft. So, for NaNoWriMo, I want you all to cage your Inner Editor!

You’ll need:

  •  A notecard or index card (or blank sheet of paper, I just like notecards)
  • A big black sharpie or marker
  • Crayons, markers, pencils, some sort of drawing instrument.

Though you don’t have to write this, I think it’s fun to put down ‘DO NOT OPEN ‘TIL 12/1′. You will need your Inner Editor back after NaNoWriMo to help you revise your novel, after all!

Now, draw your Inner Editor. Is it a person? A penguin? One of your favorite characters or actors? Skill doesn’t matter, just draw what you think it might look like.

Here’s mine. He’s a gremlin with a big nose and a top hat.

Now, grab that sharpie and–

– BOX ‘EM!

You can add jail bars or put a big ‘X’ across them if you want, I just think mine’s cute so I want people to be able to see him. (Don’t forget to add a lock of some kind!

Also, you can give them a snack or an activity to keep them busy through November if you want. I gave mine a chocolate cake.

There you have it, a caged Inner Editor! Now you can write, free and without judgement, for the whole month! Spelling errors, plot holes, purple prose… all of it can wait until December, and this little card will hopefully help you remember that.

Good luck in NaNoWriMo!



I’m sure the other admins will edit with their post (: But it’s still Wednesday in the States, so here we go! 

Prompt 1: Let’s work on some setting descriptions for NaNoWriMo. Your character is drunk in a bar. Where is this bar? I don’t know, but it’s your job to tell me in less than 800 words why your character is there, what the bar looks like without going overboard, and what happens when your character stumbles outside. -H