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As a writer, I write about a lot of things, like original fiction and the process of writing itself.

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TFR’s Writing Tips’ NaNoWriMo 2017 Countdown


Part One of the NaNoWriMo 2017 countdown series, four of the many reasons why it’s worth it to spend 30 days trying to write as much as humanly possible.
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Part Two of the NaNoWriMo 2017 countdown series, six tips you should consider to have a successful NaNoWrimo.
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Part Three of the NaNoWriMo 2017 countdown series, where I discuss a few tips and tricks to focus on taking on a project that’s on such a massive scale. (Includes discussion inspired by author VE Schwab about how to handle those ‘shiny new ideas’).
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The secret of getting ahead is getting started. – Mark Twain. It’s two days out to NaNoWriMo, and that means it’s almost time to start. And starting is important, because if you don’t start, you won’t finish.
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Part Five of the NaNoWriMo 2017 countdown series, and while it’s really awesome to “win” NaNoWriMo and cash in on all the nifty bonuses, NaNoWriMo is really more about learning about yourself as a writer. And that’s really awesome too.
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More Writing Tips


Tips include: writing, getting off social media, abrupt transitions, getting out of MS Word, writing about writing, taking breaks, and a bonus!
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For the love of all that is holy, show, don’t tell.
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Naming characters can be a traumatic experience, so here are four ways to make it a little easier.
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Building your story’s world is crucial to the advancement of your plot. It’s hard, but it’s not impossible.
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Featuring the Fake Redhead’s personal stories of finding inspiration in places outside of reading other novels.
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Including background noise generators, classical music, anything John Williams, Bear McCreary’s Battlestar Galactica score, and a bonus!
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Your life will be about a million times easier if you just use their name.
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Said isn’t dead. There, I said it.
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It’s like introducing one of your characters. But bigger.
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It’s not easy, but you have to give attention to the jerks in your novel too.
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Go take a shower. Trust me, you need it.
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While this may LOOK like 1,800 words of me crying over the new Power Rangers movie, I promise I have a point.
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Fight scenes can be hard, yo, but don’t let that stop you from finishing your story.
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Writing is intimidating, but don’t let that stop you from telling your story.
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Seriously, don’t worry about this. You have far more important things to do with your time.
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Reason one: because it’s awesome.
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It’s my birthday, so I’m going to spend 2,000 words talking about cliches in literature that need to stop. (And don’t forget to Sign Up For The Newsletter)
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These things might feel instinctual, but they won’t serve you well in the long run.
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I am one of the least patient people on the planet, but if I can understand how crucial it is to take time away from your work, anyone can.
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Circling around back to ‘show, not tell’, because I still think it’s super important.
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Considering how many hundreds of prompts I’ve got on the website, it’s high time I talk about how to use them #BetterLateThanNever.
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Need some inspiration? Check out the Writing Prompts library HERE

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