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For more great writing advice, follow her on Twitter JessicaStrawser. What do writers really glean from these write-a-thons? We asked the WD writing community, and responses came in waves—with refreshing honesty, admitted mistakes, tales of redemption, palpable pride, self-deprecating humor and, above all, contagious enthusiasm.
Embrace a new mindset. After working five years on perfecting a novel, I sent out a round of queries, received some requests for the full manuscript, but ultimately was rejected every time.
I decided to shelve the manuscript and start a new book. That date was Oct. For years friends had been trying to get me to participate in NaNoWriMo. That November was crazy busy: But writing is my dream. The results were amazing. I forced myself to write with a new mindset no editing, not even for misspellingsand the more I just let the words pour forth, the better my story became.
It was easier to keep track of plot and I was able to delve deeper into my characters because I was spending time with them daily. I ended that first 30 days surpassing 50, words, and, despite hosting two major family holidays among other commitments, I used that momentum to complete the first draft of my 90,word thriller by early January.
That novel has since been revised numerous times and is currently being read by four literary agents at top agencies considering it for representation. I had no idea in that so much would happen just because I embraced a challenge to write 50, words in 30 days.
My life has improved, as has my writing. What do you need to do to pursue your dream?
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Before you jump in, think about it long and hard. Do you want to spend hours sitting in front of your computer? Do you want to have characters and plot twists swirling around in your head at every turn?
Do you want the daunting task of placing the perfect words in each and every sentence? Do you, at times, want to smash your head against your keyboard? Jocelyn Frentz, Calgary, Alberta, Canada 3.
Daily or weekly word count goals help you track your progress toward your end-of-month goal, regardless of whether you average the same number of words every day. A rough draft of a draft? Then do the math. Plan to make sense. My advice is simple: Plan ahead and outline.
Andrew Setters, Cincinnati 5. Just start—and keep going. It looked like a text message. What the heck was it? I discovered the challenge just two days before Nov.Write a novel in a month! Track your progress. Get pep talks and support. Meet fellow writers online and in person.
Feb 25, · Write as much as you possibly can on the first day so that you have a head start in case you get behind later in the month. Take whole Saturdays just to write! Do not expect to have a good first draft%(31).
If you’re planning to write a novel in one month, here are my favorite tips: Start With a Plan While some writers can just start writing without giving much thought to story ideas, outlines, or characters, that’s never worked for me. If you’re planning to write a novel in one month, here are my favorite tips: Start With a Plan While some writers can just start writing without giving much thought to story ideas, outlines, or characters, that’s never worked for me.
Writing a book in a month might sound a little crazy. In a way, I think that’s part of its allure—because write-a-thon challenges are steadily gaining in popularity. Every November 1, National Novel Writing Month’s online hub at r-bridal.com draws nearly half a million writers worldwide in an attempt to write 50, words in 30 days.
Book in a Month: The Fool-Proof System for Writing a Novel in 30 Days by Victoria Lynn Schmidt, Ph.D. (WD Books): This book takes an interactive approach to help you complete your write-a-thon step by step, with expert instruction accompanied by spreadsheets to track your progress.