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Tip of the Day: NaNoWriMo word counts include EVERYTHING written during November.

At the start of the month, you set the novel that you were going to write into the NaNoWriMo system, but you feel like you haven’t done anywhere near enough on that novel. In fact, you’re looking at the word counts and are panicking. You’ve only written a tiny fraction of what you were planning to write. But how many other things did you write during the month of November? Did you write any blog posts? Did you write poetry? Did you write a little piece of flash fiction? Did you make notes on that piece of research you had to do, writing a couple paragraphs about that? EVERYTHING counts. You may not have written much on the project that you had intended to write, but if you add everything that you wrote during November together, you might be pleasantly surprised as to how much you actually did write. Remember, NaNoWriMo is really about developing a regular habit for writing.

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