Thursday, 12 November 2015

NaNoWriMo: K is for KEEP IT SIMPLE

Hey! Are you doing National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)? Follow me this month as I work through the alphabet of great writing tips, from creating ACTION to getting into the ZONE. 

Need a writing buddy? Email me at or comment in my daily posts. We can inspire each other to put down those daily word counts.  My goal this year: 5,000 words.
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The writing process can seem very complicated. Creating characters, outlining a story, figuring out how it ends—it’s a lot of work!

But when it comes to writing, at least when you’re just starting out, the best advice I’ve ever received is this: KEEP IT SIMPLE.

It sounds easy, but believe me, sometimes “simple” is anything but! You want to be able to get right to the point, which means you don’t need excessive adjectives and adverbs. The description, the action, and the plot should all “move the story forward.”

Here are three “Keep It Simple” hints:

Keep your list of characters short. Too many characters can be hard to keep track of.

Keep your story to one plot. Too many side plots can confuse readers.

Keep your personal goals manageable. Trying to write too much, too soon can be overwhelming. Promise yourself you will write “a little” every day, even if it’s just one sentence. (If you're doing NaNoWriMo, this shouldn't be a problem...)

Gotta jet! YOU...get writing! <grin>

~ Chase Superman Duffy

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