National Novel Writing Month 2013

Dear Writer,

I’ve written three novels, five plays, and a whole bunch of short stories, and I think I’m just starting to get… you know… good.

Like I can say – yeah – I wrote that. I’m not cringing because you’ve read it and you’re looking at me with THAT look.

So now me and thousands of other writers are embarking on NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month, from the 1st to the 30th November, to write 50,000 words. Why? Well, because NaNoWriMo is awesome, and that’s how great novels are made, by putting one word after another.

Here are some of MY TIPS on how to survive NaNoWriMo:

1) Find an album that inspires you to write all the way through. So you don’t have to worry about changing tracks. Film Scores are brilliant for this – think Lord of the Rings, anything by Hans Zimmer, Howard Shore, Dario Marianelli, Alexandre Desplat etc.

2) Have a talisman. Mine is my red fountain pen. If I have it, I cans (sic) write. If I don’t, I need to find it.

3) Change up your location. You should never stay in the same place and expect new ideas. I rotate my locations, around my house, even writing under the table one day. If you can go to places where other people are doing what you’re doing that’s even better. My favourites are cute coffee houses, big imposing libraries like the Maughan on Chancery Lane or the British Library by King’s Cross Station.

If you are taking part in NaNo this year, add me as a buddy here:

Join NaNo here:

And here’s some tips from the guys on how to keep writing: