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