NaNoWriMo Tip #8: Collect Scraps

By Dianna Dilworth 

Allen Toussaint, one of the great American songwriters, died this week.

In his honor, today’s NaNoWriMo tip comes from Toussaint. Today’s tip: Collect Scraps. In a recent interview with the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), Toussaint said that he used to collect scraps wherever he went and would write down what he saw and what he felt about what he saw in detail so that he could draw on those experiences in his writing. When he got home, Toussaint would revisit these “feathers and wishbones and try to make a chicken out of it.”

This is our eighth NaNoWriMo Tip of the Day. To help GalleyCat readers take on the challenge of writing a draft for a 50,000-word novel in 30 days, we will be offering advice throughout the entire month.