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

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at, or musing about books and the writing life at
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