Nanowrimo Special TMT Part 4 – Cheating without cheating!

Today, we’re looking at cheating!

Ok, not really cheating – as my dad always used to tell me – the only person you’ll be cheating is yourself. No, by cheating, I just mean a couple of things you can use to pad out your manuscript and help you reach that all important 50,000 word goal.

If you’ve never tried to write a novel before, sustaining a story over so many words can be a big challenge on your first attempt. You could be struggling to spin it out for 50,000 words. There’s a couple of ways you can add to your story and keep the words flowing.

Are you missing a sub-plot – a minor story that runs alongside your main narrative? Remember, minor characters don’t realise they’re minor characters – they’re all the protagonist in their own stories, so why not have a think about some of their backstory? What’s going on with them while the main story takes place? This can take you to all kinds of new areas and add real depth to your story.

How about a dream sequence? This can be a good way to tell us more about your characters, add subtext to the main story and it gives you a chance to go completely off-script and in to the unknown.

Next week will coincide with the end of Nano, but I’ll be talking a bit about editing and not letting all that hard work go to waste.

What are your Nano tips? Let us know in the comments below.

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About Wayne

Editor and Soundman for MGL Media (@mglmedia) Love writing, running, and co-hosting The Joined Up Writing Podcast. Follow @MrKelly2u and say hello.
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