Writing Tips & Tricks for Crushing Word Count Goals

For the first time ever, I’m on deadline, so I’m putting everything I’ve learned about writing fast and writing a lot to the test. In June 2017, I wrote 22 days out of the month and added 62,298 words to the Project Roommates manuscript before hitting “The End” on June 30th. Since a few people have commented on my word counts, rather than blaming it on “desperation” and discounting all the research and work I’ve put into learning how to increase my output, I made a list of tools, suggestions, and resources to share.

As with all writing advice, take what works for you and junk the rest.


Know your best writing time

For me, that’s early mornings. It’s quiet. No emails. Noisy kids upstairs aren’t up yet. By hitting my word count first thing in the morning, I approach it fresh and rested, and it’s out of  the way so I’m not worried about it for the rest of the day. Know what works for you and stick to that time. If early mornings are your thing, check out #5amwritersclub on Twitter. Bonus tip: Make sure you’re getting enough sleep!

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A to Z Challenge: N is for Netbook and NaNoWriMo

I’m behind on A to Z posts, and this one is out of order. It’s also a little longer than I hoped and way personal, but anyway, here it is!

These stickers tell of my writing journey

I wasn’t going to write about NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) for N. I’ve written about this writing challenge a lot over the 12 years I’ve participated (10 of which as a Municipal Liaison). But while being behind on the A to Z challenge, and stumped on what to write for N, the perfect topic presented itself.

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A to Z Challenge: G is for (Writing) Groups

Group selfie with the NaNoWriMo staff

Writing groups can have a lot of benefits. At the moment, I’m part of a writing critique group, a member of the NYC chapter of Romance Writers of America (RWA) and I have any number of writing buddies. I also participate in multiple weekly Twitter chats for writers. One of these chats spawned a weekly Google Hangout with three other writers. In addition, I’m a Municipal Liaison (ML) for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which means I’m part of a small team of volunteers who run writing events in-person and online.  Continue reading