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So you want to write a novel in a month? Well its not impossible. Many great authors, such as Stephanie Meyer, JRR_Tolkien, Anne Frank, JK Rowling, StephenKing, have done it, and you can too. Its hard at some points and might make you want to give up, but don't. It will be worth it to be able to tell your friends and family "I wrote a novel."

You are all probably familiar with national writers month, right? If not, its a month where thousands of people try write a book within that time limit, but national writers month is not the only month where this can happen.

First off, here are some tips from some famous authors who participated in National Writers Month(taken from the website):

c_Bushnell #NaNoWriMo tip: Use SpiceGirls speak.Instead of "Whaddya want?" say "Tell me what you want,what you really really want" +8 words!

steph_Meyer #NaNoWriMo tip: c_Bushnell: I have one, too!!! Use "oh my god" instead of OMG. +2 words!!!

jrr_Tolkien #NaNoWriMo tip: My favorite word count cheat? Write a poem in Elvish, then, in the next paragraph, translate it in2 English.

jimcarroll #NaNoWriMo tip: It's not easy to stay awake and writing for 30 days straight. I recommend crystal meth and frappuccinos.

annefrank #NaNoWriMo tip: Avoid distractions! When I wrote my book, I locked myself in the attic & refused to let any1 in.

jk_GrrRowling #NaNoWriMo tip: Pacing 1self is 4 muggles. Finish all 50k words by the 15th, leaving plenty o time for sequels & lawsuits.

maya_Angelou #NaNoWriMo tip: In 'Aliens from Planet Zyx' I had a character recite the 1st act of Hamlet on a dare. Hella word count bump

miracleworker #NaNoWriMo tip: Deaf characters r great. They force other characters 2 constantly repeat themselves, thereby adding words

@TheRealMelville #NaNoWriMo tip: Give a character a peg leg. You'd be surprised how many extra words U can get from sound effects alone!

@$tephenKing #NaNoWriMo tip: The number 1 tip for increasing word count? "Adverbs," he said slowly, succinctly, solemnly.

Now how I do this is I have a MSN group where members can participate in a writing month. How it works on there is that members prepare everything a week before the month, and I mean everything. Here is an example:

FEB 24- Research Research Research!
So you know what time period you want to write in? Then research like crazy! Research clothes, vehicles, horses, weapons, ANTHING and EVERYTHING that could or might end up in your story. This way you can write confidently/help yourself fall better into the story.

FEB 25- Know Your Characters!
Figure out everything possible about your characters that you can. Help yourself fit into their shoes and make them come to life.

FEB 26- Discover Your Second Home!
Every story has to start off somewhere, right? Well draw it, map it, do whatever you can to help you make it come real before your eyes. Some writers like to base landscapes off of existing places, so if you do find lots of pictures, watch videos, do whatever you can to immerse yourself in it. Also, figure out what creatures live in this land.

FEB 27- Start Thinking About Your Story!
Know the basics of your plot line. No you do not need to plan the whole thing, but many authors who do not plan just a little find themselves lost in writers block. Don't let this be you. Also, how are you going to start your story? Are you going to write the last chapter first? Start slow? It is all up to you.

FEB 28- Tie Up Your Loose Ends!
Make sure you have everything you need, your house is clean, work done, and maybe even make a playlist of soundtracks to write to. Also, find yourself a treat (movie, candy, fruit, whatever) that you can ONLY let yourself eat after you have reached that word count goal. Also, I would recommend downloading the free program called ywriter. It was made by a writer, and made for other writers. Sure it does not look pretty, but it is MUCH better than word. With this program you can have all your references, characters, and locations on hand while you write-and it breaks your story up into chapters. Talk about handy.…

After that its all up to you. Write write write and reach your goal!

Day Six-1000
Day Twelve-20000
Day Eighteen-30000
Day Twentyfour-40000
Day Thirty-50000

So in the end you should write approximately 1667 words a day.
Before anyone asks, no I have not done this as of yet, but I do know people who have(one in particular who has done it more than once).

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CookiesForLyf Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
Cool. Maybe I should use some of these. I'm already over 14000 words in, but it's taken me a while. Probably because, between school, massive amounts of homework and (during the holidays) my parents leaving me lists of chores that take all day, as well as enforcing a bedtime (11pm, but still...) and occasionally banning my siblings and I from technology for the day, I don't have as much time as I would like. Especially not for my typing speed. And that's not even factoring in all the distractions. Sometimes I just blow off my homework so that I can write (shush, don't tell anyone). 
But I am resolved; I WILL finish this book before my next birthday! (which is a few months away, but still....)
Yumiko-Shinobi Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Haha I know how you feel. At work, I am literally the last employee my boss has, so I am often working alone at a very fast pace. Because of that, by the time I get home, my brain is fried, and I often do not know what to do with the little free time I have.

I can tell you, though, it is possible! : ) You will get that novel done if you want it enough, which I can already tell you do. Just picture being able to have your book on a bookshelf, and keep going!

Good luck with your writing! 
CookiesForLyf Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
Thanks :)
Madness1997 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
Just to say I only have 13000 words and I have over 88 pages 50000 would be a rather tall order
Madness1997 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
sorry for double submitting
Madness1997 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
it has 10'061 words so far twelve  chapters and a page
Madness1997 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
it has 10'061 words so far twelve  chapters and a page
Yumiko-Shinobi Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Very impressive! Keep up the awesome work! :)
Madness1997 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014

Graci I'm writing two books I hope your able to finish the novel you were trying to make

Yumiko-Shinobi Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Two? That's great! Sounds like a lot of work!

Mine is going great, thanks! It's not done yet as work keeps getting in the way, but it is getting there!
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