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NaNo Trick or Treat: The Red Wire! No, the Blue One!

Everybody knows that Tumblr loves Halloween, and that Halloween heralds the start of NaNoWriMo! To get into the holiday spirit, we’ve asked Wrimos from around the world to share the best “trick” and best “treat” they know to help themselves reach 50K in November. Today, participant Marissa Monteiro shares how to disarm the ticking time bomb of your novel:

I must begin this post with brutal honesty: last year I attempted NaNoWriMo and I did not win. This was not a complete surprise given that I had no story in mind, made no preparations, and did not heed any of the warning posts about how hard it is to actually write 50,000 words in a month.

It was a sobering failure, but by the time Camp NaNoWriMo rolled around in July, enough time had passed that I was able to convince myself all over again that I could take on an unreasonable writing challenge. But this time? I WON. I learned from my mistakes and did not repeat them. If you are on your way to becoming a loser-turned-winner like me, here are two ways to trick yourself into the sweet, sweet treat that is reaching the word count goal.

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