Paving My Author's Road

How to Write Your NaNo Novel Like a Banned Book



OMG, there’s 41 Days until NaNoWriMo 2017! Plus it’s banned books week. In honor of both here are two fundamental tips on how to write your NaNo novel like a banned book. Because let’s face it, a banned book is fun to read. And as Tobias Wolff once said:

Here is where you can find a listing of the top 10 challenged books of 2016. Why were they banned/challenged? The most common offenses were sexual explicitness. And the books included LGBT characters, language, offensive viewpoints, profanity and mature themes. So basically, the challenged novels mirrored real life.

So what can we learn from this? That the novels listed were worth reading because they had something to say. How should we incorporate that to our own NaNo novels?

Be unafraid.

Simple really but it can be harder to write without fear than you think. How many times have you deleted what you wrote? Maybe because of concerns about writing something offensive? I admit I have.  How do I deal with it? By writing back what I’d deleted. Or upping the tension or conflict.

Be true.

How? By writing what matters to you. Writing with heart about the things that truly matter: love, family, friendship, a wealth greater than… wealth.

By writing fearlessly and honestly, you’ll help keep at bay that pesky inner editor. You know that little voice inside your head that loves to get in the way by sowing doubts about your writing. It’ll help unleash and maintain the floodgates of crazy and raw creativity. And keep your excitement for your novel from day 1 to 30.

So as you begin prepping and plotting, be true and fearless. Pour as much as yourself and your imagination as possible, uncensored. And let that energy flow all throughout November.

Happy prepping!

What are you writing for NaNoWriMo? What truth will you write about in your novel? Is it a tale about love, family, friendship or something else?

What’s your favorite banned book? (Harry Potter, duh) Read any good banned books lately?