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EDIT 10/31/12 - I've edited this piece to streamline it and make it flow a bit better. I also had the pleasure of meeting several people from NaNoWriMo a couple weeks ago and they're going to publish this on their website soon!
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Given 2010-11-04
Although HOW TO WRITE WITHOUT EDITING.. by `ATrue is intended as a guide for those who even now are braving National Novel Writing Month, its lessons are universal to budding novelists everywhere, at any time. ( Suggested by Magic-fan and Featured by Memnalar )
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Nocturnalsilverwolf Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Hmmmm... I'm gonna do the NanoWriMo this year.... (hopefully if I can be bothered)
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LostInTheMorning Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I epicly failed NaNoWriMo last year, couldn't shut up the editor. He was barking more than my dog does :XD: These tips have given me the hope that I might get close to finishing this year. Thank you!
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k-h-o Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is brilliant. Would pasting a white sheet of paper over the monitor help with blindfolding Mr. Editor? Sure can't read anything, but if anything happens while typing, at least the blurry image of pop-up messages are still somewhat visible through the paper.
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ATrue Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
sure! As long as you can see if that were to happen I see no reason why not. :)
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WhistleAndSnap Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Student General Artist
I really like #3. I'll definitely use it! Thanks for this great article! <3
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ATrue Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
You're welcome, and thank you for reading :)
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WhistleAndSnap Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Student General Artist
Welcome. ^^
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Raneva Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
Great advise!
..I'm SO using the font-trick, I'm terrible at shutting up my inner editor!
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Feddafella Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
I'm going to be attempting NaNo for the first time this year and I was kind of worrying about how not to stop and just be like "NO! IT'S WRONG!" but I think this will help heaps, thank you!
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ATrue Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
You're very welcome! Thank YOU for reading. :)
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Feddafella Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
Nw :D It's inevitable that good writing will be read C:
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LadyofGaerdon Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Professional Writer
Thank you for this. Doubt and constant editing have put my second novel on hold for years now. I'm definitely going to try some of these techniques in hope of finally finishing it.
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IrishRose416 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010
I am so glad I happened across your article! This is my first attempt at NaNoWriMo and was considering giving up as I was no where near my goal. After reading this I see several pittfalls I have tripped and fallen into. I may not make the 50,000 word mark this year but I know I'll be better prepared for next year. Thank you for shareing your time and knowledge!
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ATrue Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
You're welcome! I'm glad you found the article so helpful. Good luck both this year and next year!
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leoraigarath Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Professional Writer
This is very well written, and a very interesting read indeed. I am sure of its effectiveness and functionality, I'm just not sure it would really save one the edit :) Although it would be a different edit, that's for sure. :thumbsup:
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BerylAlexandros Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
I love the blindfold him idea! Shame on me for not doing NaNoWriMo this year, but maybe I'll do it again next year.
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Novaline-Tokyo Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
Thank you so much for this! I'm definitely going to try there! ^^
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msklystron Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Big congratulations!!!

Good advice for NaNoing or simply just getting the story down any time. This is my process generally -- to just let it flow, halting as infrequently as possible to make sure I'm on track and saying what I mean.

Your message is well-conveyed.:)
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ATrue Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
Thanks!
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msklystron Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome!

BTW: I doled out my prizes earlier today.:)
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ATrue Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
Cool, thanks! Everyone has been so good about coming through on this contest. I'm used to getting shafted by at least a few. It's been awesome and I'm happy to have had you on the team!
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msklystron Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:rofl:

Yup, I've been likewise shafted. But it would never occur to me to be a shafter. If I commit to something I follow through.:) Anytime you need me, just ask.

Also, if it's within your power to do so, please nudge people over to my (sadly unnoticed) gay rights/ marriage theme on #TheControversy. All genres of lit (and art) are welcome. Entrants don't have to be members.
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carola-chan Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
Congrats on the DD! It was well deserved, and so true.
Out of all of these, my biggest problem is actually allowing myself to move on and write another scene instead of being stuck somewhere for HOURS.
I think I've done good this year though, I've hit 20k and most of it is dreadful. But you're making me feel less bad about it.
Thank you~:heart:

And good luck!!
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ATrue Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
Hahaha, thanks! Good luck to you as well.
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urban-lingo Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
thank you :]
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ATrue Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
you're welcome.
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WTFgirl Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
If only you wrote this last year. This is my second time trying nano my last try was foiled by my inner Editor telling me 'That was horrible, go back and make it better.'
Wonderful advice, I am so going to do it this time.
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ATrue Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
Yes you will! Keep up the positive attitude and next he or she tells you it's terrible, turn right around and say, "Yeah, it is. So what?"
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WTFgirl Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I've finally gotten him to shut up by telling him I'll take the first week of December editing each time he began's to rant about the issues. It shuts him up for a while.
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Frostwolf223 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm unfortunately not participating in NaNoWriMo, but I do enjoy writing otherwise, and this might help me with that. So, you know. Thanks.
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ATrue Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
Yes, all of these are universal truths that can be applied to any writing situation, not just NaNo. Thanks for reading!
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thegalago Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010
Im just going to say this. You're awesome.
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ATrue Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
lol, thanks!
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Fryn Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010
Great :)
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ATrue Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
Thank you.
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RetakeThisWorld Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
DD Deserved. Enough said.
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ATrue Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
Awww, thanks! :hug:
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RetakeThisWorld Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Good luck at Nano! x]
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chazzyluvergurl Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Professional Writer
Fantastic guide! I'm not participating in NaNo, but I tend to write lengthy fanfictions (that could be about the length of a novel). I've recently been struggling with one monster of a story that's 14 chapters in (each chapter being at least 5,000 words, which in my eyes is a bit puny) and not even halfway finished. I've been angsting over the editing because there is so much to do, and beforehand I hadn't edited the chapters as I wrote them...just kept cranking them out. I've found I've hit a rut BECAUSE of re-reading and seeing how awfully I've screwed up, but now I see that if I want to get this finished, I should just keep moving and go back and edit it later. Thank you for reassuring me (offhandedly) and giving such valuable tips. They definitely come in handy and I think I want to take on this approach from now on. The important thing is getting the story down. After all, the first draft doesn't have to be anything but done. Besides, if you get your editing done all at once, then you'll notice inconsistencies and plot holes more effectively, I think. :)
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ATrue Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
You're right! It's much easier to notice the plot holes and inconsistencies when you have the whole plot down. I'm glad you're going to keep going forward. It would be terrible to give up now after you've already written so much just because you started feeling down about the quality. Quality will come later!
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SimplyEpicCanadian Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Thankyou so much. Well deserved DD.
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ATrue Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
You're welcome so much, and thank you for reading!
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SimplyEpicCanadian Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
<X3
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TheFulkrum Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010
great piece Jessica :)

Congratulations! :iconbravoplz:
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ATrue Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
Thank you, darling! :tighthug:
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TheFulkrum Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
You're more than welcome. :) :hug:
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cu-kid Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010
This was a great find! Especially since we're four days into NaNo and I'm already terribly behind. I confess, I re-read all the time, so forcing myself not to do that may actually help a lot (I will definitely have to change my font color to match my background, though...the temptation to re-read is too strong!).

Thanks for writing this! I think everyone who participates in Nano should definitely give it a read.
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ATrue Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
I hope they all will. I have the same inclination and find myself doing it sometimes without even realizing it! Font colour is definately the best option in that case.
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zephyrtronium Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
So that's how you do it. I've always thought NaNoWriMo was beyond me because my internal editor seems to be omniscient, editing things I haven't even
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ATrue Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
It can be done, my friend! Keep the faith! :D
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