9 Links: Writing Endurance

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We’re coming into the final stretch of NaNoWriMo. Many of you are succeeding and have already hit the finish line. Others, like me, are losing hope and the courage to continue. It is in that spirit that I present this week’s post. Below you will find links on binge writing (why it works, why it doesn’t), how to train for a writing marathon (to ensure success in all future NaNoWriMos), how to increase your daily word count, why you should cut yourself some slack, tips to help you write when you’ve lost the motivation, and, at the bottom, a dire warning. Heed it.

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On binge writing:

From Joanna Penn at The Creative Penn:
Writing Every Day vs. Binge Writing

From David Rasch at David Rasch PhD:
Writing Binges and Writing Blocks

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On training for writing:

A guest post by Tom Meitner (from The Practical Nerd) at Write to Done:
3 Steps to Creative Endurance: A Writer’s Training Plan

From Christopher Jackson at Fuel Your Writing:
Running and Writing: Focus, Endurance and More

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On increasing your daily word count:

From Rachel Aaron at “Pretentious Title”:
How I Went From Writing 2,000 Words a Day to 10,000 Words a Day

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On the cognitive demands of writing (and why you, as a writer, can cut yourself some slack):

From Michael Agger at Slate:
Slowpoke: How to be a faster writer.

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Words of wisdom for when the going gets tough:

From Celeste Ng at Fiction Writers Review:
“I can’t go on. I’ll go on”: Writing when you’re sure you can’t

From Paperback Writer:
NaNoWriMo: Resistance (helpful for anyone in a mid-draft slump)

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And finally, the dangerous side of writing:

Don’t let this happen to you.

8 Links: Hooking Readers, NaNoWriMo, and More

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From Lyn Midnight‘s WriMos FTW! (a blog-hub for 2011 Nanoers):
Whammo! You hooked ’em! by Julie A. Lindsay
A great article on the importance of hooking readers in the first pages of your novel, including tips to help make that happen.

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From Jody Hedlund‘s website:
How to Keep Writing When the Honeymoon is Over
Tips to help you stay with your first draft after the initial euphoria is gone.

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From Bob Mayer at Write it Forward:
The real gatekeepers in publishing now? Authors.
Tips to help you establish and maintain your status as a published writer.

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From The Writers’ Workshop:
Quick Guide to Writing Convincing Characters
Another excellent approach to an essential pre-writing step.    

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From EelKat on Squidoo:
NaNoWriMo: Reaching 50,000 Using EelKat’s Methods
13 steps to success from one of my favorite Tweeters.

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From Scott Eagen‘s blog:
A NaNo No No
If you’re so behind on NaNo you don’t have even a wisp of hope of catching up, take heart. Not everyone believes NaNoWriMo is worth it.

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Writing friends on Twitter: follow Jon Winokur (from AdviceToWriters) for excellent daily writing tips.

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Finally, just for fun – from The Office of Letters and Light (official organizers of NaNoWriMo):
The 30 Covers, 30 Days Blog
Why not take a break from writing to browse a few well-done book covers? You may find some inspiration here (or at least a cover artist worth bookmarking for the future).