Here’s the third episode of the Writing Talk Podcast.

In this episode of the Writing Talk Podcast I ask whether you should plunge headlong into NaNoWriMo and look at some tips that will help you get your head around some of the challenges involved.

Yes, it’s that time of year when many brave souls tackle a novel in November – presumably because they both begin with N. But should you take part? And if you do, how will you tackle the challenge of banging away a whole novel in one month?

Listen away for some tips and other writing talk. By the way, this episode was recorded with me standing up – can you tell?

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Action Points

Evaluate your goals for November

Does NaNoWriMo fit in with your existing writing schedule? If not, consider very carefully if you have time to take part. if it means abandoning an ongoing project, then ask yourself if you can really afford the interruption.

Centralise your planning

See if you can organise your planning notes and documents into a centralised place e.g. google docs, dropbox, onedrive. This way you can work on them wherever you are. Keep it simple though – sometimes desktop programs have errors when synchronising so always keep backups.

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