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10 writing tips for
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Prepare for National Novel Writing Month with these handy tips


Each November thousands of wordsmiths across the globe put pen to pad in an attempt to write a 50,000-word novel. It’s called National Novel Writing Month, and since 1999 this internet-based creative writing project has challenged every book lover to fulfil their dream – to actually write a novel.
It runs from November 1st to 30th, so don’t be surprised if your local cafes and libraries see an influx of writer types, hunched over their laptops, hyped up on caffeine, typing furiously to deadline.
In honour of NaNoWriMo, we’ve put together a list of 10 writing challenges for the aspiring author. It should get the creative juices flowing and, with the Galaxy S Pen, give the modern writer greater mobility to flex their penmanship.

Samsung Galaxy Note9 and S Pen

1. Write daily

Writing daily is the best way to get started. The topic can be anything, too. A random thought, a reflection of the day, a paragraph about your favourite colour – you get the deal. Practice writing every day and you’ll slowly but surely see your writing improve. And with the S Pen, you can
write anywhere at any time. Write directly on your Galaxy smartphone or tablet whenever and wherever inspiration strikes – on the bus, while you’re shopping or even in a bar.

2. Write different genres

If you’re having trouble landing on the genre for your novel, try experimenting with some of your favourites. Are you a Dracula and Frankenstein fan? Have a go at writing a spooky horror. Maybe you’re a Game of Thrones devotee? Craft some compelling fantasies on the page. Fancy yourself the next Kerouac? Get on the road and give it your best.


3. Write a poem

Remember poems? Those strange paragraphs and sentences from English class that sometimes rhymed and sometimes didn’t? They’re actually a great way to have fun with words and there’s a type for everyone too. Epigrams are funny and witty; lyrics are emotional and personal; limericks rhyme and Haikus bend syllables for effect. Give it your best shot and make the words work for you.

4. Write about your last holiday

What was the last holiday you went on? Where did you go and what did you see? And who did you travel with? Write about your last trip and all the exciting sights you saw and times you had. Scroll through your image library to remember all those glorious details. Travelling’s always a great way to get those creative juices flowing.

A hand holding the Samsung Note9 with and image of Montenegro in the phone and in the background

5. Write a short story

Once you’ve warmed up with some poems, try your hand at a short story. There are five key elements that make a solid short story: character, setting, conflict, plot and theme. Sketch out those ideas and you’ll have a rolling start to your novel. Wanna be a great novelist? Start like all the greats did with a short story.

6. Write about nature

There’s nothing quite like relaxing in a park. Sit down under a tree and write some words about mother nature. You can even colour coordinate your writing with the S Pen. Use Ocean Blue for describing the sea, Midnight Black for the night sky or Lavender Purple for a bed of flowers.


7. Write a stream of consciousness

This one’s for the rule breakers and grammar protestors. Spill all your thoughts on the page and don’t worry if they make sense or not. Set some broken scenes, jot down sounds, smells, random ideas and half-baked characters, all at once. Cut up those thoughts and sentences to recreate new ones. Consciousness knows no bounds, so let it run wild on screen.

8. Write some fan fiction

As the title suggests, fan fiction is a fictional story about characters or settings from an original, created by fans of the work. This lets you create your own story using characters from your favourite novels or films. Think Harry Potter, Stranger Things or any Stephen King novel. What do you think would make Star Wars better? Show us what you’ve got.


9. Write a letter to your future self

‘Dear future me…’ Write a letter to yourself with some handy tips and advice. Don’t let yourself forget where you came from and, to make the point, underline the phrases you never want to forget. The S Pen’s fine 0.7mm tip and 4096 pressure levels mean you can thicken and underline to your heart’s desire, just as you can with a pencil and pad.

10. Brainstorm your novel

Congratulations, you’ve made it this far. With your mind inspired and creativity at peak, it’s finally time to start that 50,000-word novel. Before you start though, try brainstorming ideas using all you’ve learned so far. With the S Pen, you don’t need to do it in one sitting. Brainstorm anytime, anywhere. When you get home, hook up to your
DeX station, turn your phone into a PC and start typing. Remember, it’s all about enjoying the creative process, so don’t forget to have some fun with your penmanship. Good luck, and may the best writer win.


Write on the go with Samsung’s S Pen

Flex your penmanship far and wide with the Galaxy S Pen, available with the Galaxy Note9.

Samsung Galaxy Note9 and S Pen

Galaxy Note9

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