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NaNoWriMo Alternatives

I’m going to be talking a lot over the next few weeks about the long nights, hard work, and general insanity that goes along with National Novel Writing month. Therefore, this week is dedicated to productive alternatives for those of you who want to get in on the spirit of the month, but aren’t up to or just plain don’t want to participate in the official challenge. 

  • Write an 100 word piece of flash fiction every day. On the 30th, you’ll have a wonderful collection of flash fiction to showcase.
  • Write a story One Sentence a day. This will be be an exercise in patience. By the end of 30 days, you’ll be dying to write the rest of it. 

  • READ a new piece of writing every day. An essay, or a published short story, or someone’s online poetry. Becoming familiar with different styles and forms will make your own writing better.

  • Make up a new character, or choose an old one, and learn one new thing about them per day. By December 1st, you’ll know them like they’re family. 

  • Keep a journal for 30 days, at one entry per day. You don’t have to write about writing, you can write about what you had for breakfast, or the weather. Keeping a journal is a great habit for writers, improving general craft and storing details for later projects. 

  • Come up with a one sentence idea for a novel or short story per day. It can be silly or serious, simple or involved. At the end of the month, you’ll have thirty seeds of inspiration to water. 
Don’t feel discouraged if you aren’t able to complete or even start NaNoWriMo. It gets a lot of attention online, but remember that its just a fun way for writers to push themselves. The real spirit of the event is simply being dedicated to your craft.
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Not so long ago I got a question asking me to give my advice for making Fantasy/Sci-Fi languages, and I attempted to do that in my latest video. Though let’s be real this is 80% me talking about how WEIRD languages are 😅

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Day 13 - 21,689 Words

We’re almost halfway through NaNo! And I cannot believe some of your word counts! To all you out there way ahead of the game or with 80-100,000 word goals, godspeed. And to all of us just on track or just below, keep up the good work! 

For anyone interested, here’s an excerpt from my longstanding WIP: Archer Novel (working title). In which one (1) young girl has zero (0) time for mysterious nonsense, and uses exactly one (1) deli item as makeshift weaponry.


There was a moment of silence as the shock settled where we just looked at each other. The intruder was a boy, pale and skinny, with sharp elbows and a large shock of shaggy dark hair that stuck out at odd angles. He took one step towards me, and I reacted automatically. I raised the salami and swung.

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