Get Ready for NaNoWriMo!

Every November, thousands of writers and would-be writers take part in a month long challenge: Write a novel in 30 days. The brainchild of Chris Baty, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is the perfect time to stop saying, “I want to write a book,” and get down to writing it.

Although it may seem impossible to write an entire novel in just 30 days, in 2010 more than 200,000 people participated and 37,500 of them met the challenge of writing at least 50,000 words. How many of those words were crap? Probably quite a few. But the way you become a writer is to write. And the way you become a better writer is to write more. Even if a lot of what is produced in 30 days isn’t very good, there will also be some brilliant plots, characters and turns of phrase. After all, you don’t have to complete a ready-to-publish novel in 30 days. The idea is simply to get words on the page–a solid first draft that forms the starting point of your first (or your next) novel.

According to Baty, “The 50,000-word challenge has a wonderful way of opening up your imagination and unleashing creativity. When you write for quantity instead of quality, you end up getting both. Also, it’s a great excuse for not doing any dishes for a month.” (That works for me!)

Want some help getting your novel written during NaNoWriMo? Take a look at these books about NaNoWriMo and writing a book in 30 days. Then get ready to start writing on November 1st.

Chris Baty, motivator extraordinaire and instigator of a wildly successful writing revolution, spells out the secrets of writing and finishing a novel. Every fall, thousands of people sign up for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which Baty founded, determined to (a) write that novel or (b) finish that novel in–kid you not–30 days. Now Baty puts pen to paper himself to share the secrets of success. With week-specific overviews, pep “talks,” and essential survival tips for today’s word warriors, this results-oriented, quick-fix strategy is perfect for people who want to nurture their inner artist and then hit print! Anecdotes and success stories from NaNoWriMo winners will inspire writers from the heralding you-can-do-it trumpet blasts of day one to the champagne toasts of day thirty. Whether it’s a resource for those taking part in the official NaNo WriMo event, or a stand-alone handbook for writing to come, No Plot? No Problem! is the ultimate guide for writers.

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What Can You Accomplish in 30 Days?If you make time to write and put away all of your excuses, could you stay on track and finish your novel in only a month? With a structured plan and a focused goal, yes, you can!Using a combination of flexible weekly schedules, focused instruction, and detailed worksheets, author Victoria Schmidt leads you through a proven 30-day novel-writing system without the intimidation factor. Book in a Month shows you how to:Set realistic goals and monitor your progress. Manage your time so that your writing life has room to flourish. Select a story topic that will continue to inspire you throughout the writing process. Quickly outline your entire story so that you have a clear idea of how your plot and characters are going to develop before you start writing. Draft each act of your story by focusing on specific turning points. Keep track of the areas you want to revise without losing your momentum in the middle of your story. Relax and have fun!

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Find the focus, energy, and drive you need to start–and finish–your book According to a recent survey, 81 percent of Americans want to write a book. But finding free time to write can be difficult for Americans. According to Gallup’s annual lifestyle poll, 60% of working Americans say that do not have time to do what they want to do.So many would-be authors start writing only to stall out due to writer’s block, mental fatigue, and other challenges. Write-A-Thon helps you overcome those stumbling blocks and complete your book once and for all. And you don’t have to type away for years on end. Here’s a plan that will help you write your book–in twenty-six days! Write-A-Thon gives you the tools, advice, and inspiration you need to succeed before, during, and after your writing race. Solid instruction, positive psychology, and inspiration from marathon runners will give you the momentum to take each step from here to the finish line.

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Everyone seems to be writing a book these days. With the rise of Kindle, iPad, and other electronic readers — not to mention the growth of do-it-yourself publishing — we are living in period that we might call The Writing Revolution. Most people with brains and diligence can write a book. But too many first-time authors waste hundreds of hours of time. Following a number of simple tricks can help to flatten the learning curve for books and other major writing projects.The Writing Code has produced this short book in advance of the National Novel Writing Month. In 2010, more than 200,000 people signed up with NaNoWriMo to produce a draft of a novel in the month of November. The participation in 2011 is likely to be even greater. This NaNoWriMo edition of “Write the Book” contains a day-by-day strategy for you to complete a complete draft of a novel — or other narrative work — in just 30 days.

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A series of articles chronicalling the author’s experiences during the National Novel Writing Month contest and beyond. Bringing a book from idea to final draft. “Take a look inside the mind of a writer at work. Richard Marcus offers personal and insightful reflections as he drafts his first novel, a brave undertaking for any of us.” Robert Scott: Author The Hickory Staff

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