The Elephant Technique or How Not To Break Your Momentum During NaNoWriMo And Beyond

So I’m not doing NaNoWriMo, but I am writing a novel, and this technique sounds super odd but also like it might be an absolute lifesaver. In brief (although I encourage you to scroll down and read the whole post I got this from, if only for the wonderful gifs):

1. Whenever you hit a spot in your writing where you would need to research, check, or cross-reference something, just write a very unlikely word like “elephant” there instead.

2. When editing, do a document search for “elephant” (or whatever) and replace the offending pachyderms with the appropriate items, which you now have time to research without breaking your flow.

GONNA TRY IT

danielle-writes:

So there’s this thing, National Novel Writing Month, where a person writes a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. These people are referred to as crazy. I am one of them.

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And there’s this guy, Chris Baty. Baty helped make NaNoWriMo a thing. He even wrote a book about it. A…

The Elephant Technique or How Not To Break Your Momentum During NaNoWriMo And Beyond

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