Sunday, November 20, 2011

8 Annoying Ways to Increase NaNo Wordcount

1. Don't use possessive apostrophes; use "of" instead. {The hand of Ember reached out slowly...}

2. Give unnecessary descriptions of every room your characters visit.

3. Do not use contractions.

4. List all the possibilities. {He might have been angry, or perhaps he was just thinking of something else, or pondering what was for dinner, or recalling the events of the night before.}

5. Replace "then" with "just at that very moment." {Just at that very moment, the door opened.}

6. Attach adverbs and facial expressions to every dialogue tag. {"No," she said forcefully, looking shocked.}

7. Make your characters argue. A lot.

8. Ramble.



  1. lol Those would be so annoying to read.

    I'm not doing it this year but, I was thinking maybe next? Still up in the air

  2. Hahaha, "just at that very moment". I think I'd drive my Creative Writing teacher insane with that. Great strategies, though.

    I started NaNoWriMo this year, but gave up because I had no time to think of a great plot. Always next year though! :)

  3. haha. i think theyd be funny to read.
    some of these are my go-to, tried and true strategies to writing a long paper when i honestly have nothing more to say =P

  4. NANO!!

    Yes, I like this post very much :)