How I Wrote a NaNoWriMo Novel in 6 Days
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How I Wrote a NaNoWriMo Novel in 6 Days

Speed Writing Your Novel for Creativity, Productivity, and Self-Confidence
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Created by Jim Kitzmiller
Last updated 11/2015
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 7 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • You will know that you can take on major challenges and succeed
  • You will be able to come up with more creative ideas than before.
  • You will know how to quickly write the first draft of a novel.
  • You will be able to express yourself more clearly in writing and speaking.
  • You will feel more comfortable when communicating.
  • You will need a computer with a microphone and a word processor.
  • You will need Internet access.

Note: The price of this course will go up to $99 on December 1.

Note 2: I added a section on "Muses and Scenes - Creativity on Demand".

This course will help you prove to yourself that you can succeed in a major challenge such as NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). That will skyrocket your self-confidence.

There are writing challenges throughout the year. These include NaNoWriMo, Camp NaNoWriMo, and Book in a Week.

You will learn how to:

  • quickly write the first draft of a novel
  • be more creative
  • be more productive
  • get motivated and stay that way
  • overcome writers block
  • plan a novel
  • micro-plan a novel if you need to get started right now
  • keep writing without getting stuck for more than a minute

You will learn from a nine time winner of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and five time Municipal Liaison (local volunteer).

Note: In the NaNoWriMo world, the word "win" means to write at least 50,000 words in November. There are thousands of winners each year.

Enroll in this course to make a positive change in your life experience as well as your writing experience.

Who this course is for:
  • This course is for people who want to win NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).
  • This course is for people who want to improve their communication skills - both written and spoken.
  • This course is for people who want to increase their imagination and creativity.
  • This course is for people who want to increase their productivity.
  • This is not for people who have no desire to improve their creative abilities.
  • This course is not for people who don't want to challenge themselves.
Course content
Expand all 41 lectures 01:53:53
+ Welcome
3 lectures 04:01

Here is what to expect from this writing course.

Preview 01:57

Would you like to have a dynamic teacher? Here's how.

Preview 01:06

Meet your instructor, Jim Kitzmiller.

Preview 00:58
+ Motivation
2 lectures 02:09

An accountability partner can help you stay focused on your writing and keep moving forward. And you and your partner can keep each other focused on taking specific steps to improve the most important things in your life.

Preview 02:09

Your writing and life in general would go a lot better if you got an accountability partner. But it's your decision.

[Exercise] Get an Accountability Partner (If You Want One).
2 pages

Your choice of a partner.

[Quiz] Accountability Partner
1 question
+ Planning
8 lectures 17:16

Get an overview of the various types of novel planning:

  • Outlining
  • Edit as you go
  • The Snowflake Method
  • Seat of the Pants
  • Microplanning
Types of Planning

What is the best system for planning a novel?

What type of planning is best?
1 question

Why not let technology generate some characters for you? This could be especially helpful for minor characters.

Fake Name Generator

Go ahead and try the Fake Name Generator to get characters for your novel.

[Exercise] Fake Name Generator
1 page

It is easy to write one sentence summaries for possible novels. Many will be disposable. A few will be good topics for your novel.

One Sentence Summaries

Why not see the one sentence summaries for popular novels. As Tony Robbins says, "Success leaves clues".

[Exercise] New York Times Best Sellers
1 page

Have fun with this one! That is your key to success with this exercise. You might surprise yourself with how many one sentence novel summaries you can write.

[Exercise] One Sentence Summaries
1 page

The Snowflake Method is a very well structured method for planning your novel. You go through a set of well defined steps and wind up with a detailed plan that you can turn into a novel. If you use this method, your editing will go much faster than it would go with other methods. The downside is that it could easily take weeks to do a complete Snowflake Plan.

The Snowflake Method for Novel Planning
Micro Planning for the Last Minute and Beyond
+ Creativity or Writers Block? You Decide.
5 lectures 14:18

We both know that perfectionism is a major source of writers block. It can kill creativity. Let's learn about the First Law of Psychology and how we can apply that to expand our creativity.

Perfectionism, Creativity, Writing, and Psychology

You get more of what you reinforce. Your experience shows you that when you observe things in detail, you become more aware of detail. When you describe things, you get better at describing things.

The Law of Effect (The First Law of Psychology)

What is the Law of Effect (The First Law of Psychology)

[Quiz] The Law of Effect
1 question

The Law of Effect says that you get more of what you reinforce. But what happens if you do things such as deliberately creating nonsense or stupidity?

The Law of Effect and Negativity

Discover the power of nonsense.


Let's do an exercise to reduce blocks to creativity and rapid writing. After you watch the video, please feel free to try the exercise yourself. You can either write or speak the exercise.

I ain't stoopid. I is kreative.
+ Muses and Scenes - Creativity on Demand
5 lectures 08:43

Let's look up the definition.

What the Heck is a Muse?

Let's look up the definition of scene.

What's the Scene with Scenes?

Could this really be possible?

Can You Get Creative Writing Ideas Whenever You Want?

Let's watch Elizabeth Gilbert's TED Talk on Your elusive creative genius.

[Exercise] Elizabeth Gilbert's TED Talk
1 page

This very important lecture tells you how to unfold a scene to greatly expand the quality of your story.

Important: Unfolding a Scene
+ Speed Writing
6 lectures 26:05

How to get your story into your computer even if you aren't a fast typist. This can save wear and tear on your hands.

Voice Typing

Try voice typing to write your novel quickly. You'll be able to keep going a lot longer than you would with regular typing.

[Exercise] Voice Typing
1 page

You can let go of the need to be perfect. Get that content into your computer on onto paper!

First Drafts Stink

There is no need for your novel writing to be stuck for more than a minute.

Get unstuck and resume writing.

You can be proactive when watching the 18 minute demonstration. It takes only a little bit of effort for maximum results.

Preview 2 pages

This is an example of an 18 minute writing session resulting in 1,400 words of a first draft.

When I get stuck I tell you so. Then I tell you how I'm going to get started again.

This is a very important lesson. I suggest that you watch it several times and note some ways to get unstuck.

18 Minutes of Getting Unstuck and Resuming Writing
+ Bonus: NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) for Beginners
12 lectures 32:21

Why in the world would anybody want to do NaNoWriMo? Well, there are a lot of good reasons.

Preview 01:58
Sign Up for NaNoWriMo

Learn about your dashboard, how to set up your novel, writing buddies, and much more.

My NaNoWriMo

You can keep up to date on your choice of writing regions around the world.

Choosing Regions

Choose a home region so you can meet new writing friends who live near you.

Your Home Region

You can get discounts on writing related goodies from NaNoWriMo sponsors. Find out here.

NaNoWriMo Sponsor Offers

On Day 1 I got off to a roaring start. You can see the details here. What went well? What didn't?

Recap of Day 1

I tell you why Day 2 didn't produce much writing.

Recap of Day 2

Why Day 3 was a better writing day for me.

Recap of Day 3

How I kicked it into high gear on Day 4, even though it wasn't all perfect.

Recap of Day 4

On Day 5 I really got going. I could faintly see the finish line in the distance.

Recap of Day 5

I passed 50,000 words and finished my story. I won!!! You'll see me validating my word count.

Preview 03:29