Beautifully crafted sentences are your enemy. But just for this month.

As the Writer’s Success Academy reminded me this week, the desire to write beautifully crafted sentences is the bane of every NaNoWriMo participant who actually intends to produce 50,000 words this month.*

Winning NaNoWriMo means you can’t allow yourself to backtrack and edit those terrifyingly awful words into something you’d be willing to let your 8th grade English teacher read. Especially if you’re the sort who has a day job, friends, family, or plans for Thanksgiving. Just keep writing.

Of course, that’s also why it’s so very important that you plan to spend some time editing your novel once NaNoWriMo is done.

Good luck!

*For us NaNoWriMo rebels who have simply committed to spend 50 hours this month editing our existing novels, beautifully crafted sentences are actually a legitimate goal. That said, I’m really hoping to edit more than just one scene this month. 😉

Read the whole post: The writing trap that lurks and is poised to strike and sabotage. | Writer’s Success Academy

About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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