Some Advice for Those in NaNoWriMo

Let me start with a disclaimer.  I tried NaNoWri National Novel Writing Month once about six years ago.  I wound up stopping about halfway through with a tangled mess.  It taught me that I really have to have one scene written up to the level of a semi-polished draft before moving on.  But it was the eighth novel that I both started and finished.   So it’s not entirely surprising that I have some writing habits that I couldn’t overcome.   

But the goal for all writers once they finish a manuscript is to sell it.  My essay called Prospecting for Gold Nuggets gives some reasons why it’s important to think about a book’s premise early.

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