31 Days to Surviving NaNoWriMo - Pad Your Word Count

Saturday, October 13, 2012

To start  from the beginning of this series, go here.

Day 12 - Naming Things

You may think this sounds like weird advice, but it's not, I swear.

One of the biggest stressors of the month is making your word count, but there are a couple of ways to bump up that word count without a lot of thought.

DON'T DELETE ANYTHING!!!  I struggled with this a lot last year.  No matter how tempting it may be to completely delete every scene with that character you decided you hate, don't!  You can always go back and do that come December if necessary.  Deleting only sets you back.  Erased 500 words?  That's 500 words you have to write AGAIN.  Do yourself a favor and don't delete things.

Also, don't use contractions.  Contractions are a normal part of speech  for a lot of people, so it's normal to see them in writing as well.  Writing "do not" instead of "don't" doubles the word count.  Pretty simple, no?  And it's not cheating.  People on the forums suggest this all the time.  If you need contractions, you can always go contract them later :)

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  1. My son and I did our own NaNoWriMo after I read Baty's book and when he got depressed about his word count (in his fantasy story), I proposed expanding the names of some of the characters to include their titles, per Baty, and he thought it was cheating -- until he added several thousand words in a couple of fell swoops! (BTW, he was in 7th grade when he wrote his novel in six weeks -- claiming two additional weeks because he had school and soccer and I didn't).

    1. That's an excellent tip! I hadn't even thought of that!

      Also, kudos to your son for tackling NaNo in seventh grade! I can't imagine even attempting it then. That's really impressive!



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