Is anyone taking part in NaNoWriMo this year? For those who don't know what it is, it's basically an organized effort to have people write 50,000 words in the month of November, or 1667 words per day.
If you're falling behind on our 100-day challenge, this may be a great way to get caught up and meet the deadline of Dec. 13. It's very intense, but the nice thing is there's a forum at the NaNoWriMo site where you can ask questions on anything from help with a plot to what types of helmets were worn in 15th Century England to scenery help of Thailand. My first time at NaNoWriMo, I was writing a book that took place in Edinburgh, Scotland. So I went to the thread for Scotland and asked the locals for scenery help. It was very beneficial.
Whether or not you're doing NaNoWriMo, you're likely doing the 100-day challenge and having to do some speed writing. So let's talk about speed writing techniques.
First of all, I don't edit as a I go. That would take me forever and I'd never move on from anything. Second, I tend to write primarily dialogue when I'm writing on a first draft. That comes naturally to me, it's adding the description, backstory and internals that stalls me on the clock. Other than that I don't really have any speed writing strategies.
What do you do to speed write? Any tricks or tips?