November 24th, 2011


NaNoWriMo Pep-Talk from Dan

NaNoWriMo Pep-Talk from Dan


[Dan] Hi. This is Dan Wells from Writing Excuses. It is the third week of NaNoWriMo. You have exactly 7 days left to finish your novel. You should be at around 38,000 today. If you're not, that's okay. You've got Thanksgiving tomorrow, which will either eat up a bunch of your time or it will give you a bunch of extra, because you don't have to go to work. Either way...

So, what I want to tell you today is the impact that Nano has had on my career. It took me about a year and a half each to write my first three books. My fourth book was the first one I did for NaNoWriMo. From that point on, I've been doing one or two books a year. It accelerated my pace significantly because it taught me how to write, how to keep to a schedule, how to stop self editing, and more importantly, it taught me how to go back and revise and fix it and make it good later once you've written it.

Fantastic skills. Incredibly valuable skills that have helped me get published.

So. You're doing a good thing. You're doing it well. Keep it up. You're awesome.

And we'll see you at the finish line.