I once had a week-long workshop with writer Jack Kreitzer. I was twelve, and I had just finished the very first draft of what is slowly becoming Our Eyes to the Stars. He told me I was a still pond that ran very deep, and I never forgot what I learned from him.
This sheet was one of the most valuable. Said is Dead.
For the next thirty days, the word “said” is your enemy.
I remember when my 7th grade English teacher gave us this exact same hand-out before we wrote our short stories. This hand-out literally changed my entire writing style. Although I don’t have the time to participate in NaNoWriMo this year, I want to wish all my followers who are the best of luck! Don’t get discouraged and write on!