national novel writing month
As the writing challenge turns 20, it’s time for the publishing industry to challenge itself.
I have long suspected I'm a cookie short of a dozen. I have always been vaguely aware that there's only a small distance between "whimsically creative" and "bat shit crazy" -- and that even at the best of times, crossing it would not be that much of a stretch for me.
Hey #NaNoWriMo, maybe not everyone has a novel in them. And that's totally OK.
After seeing Birdman I decided every writer should see this movie. That's especially true if you're desperately hammering away at that novel you're trying to finish for National Novel Writing Month.
If you're trying to make a living as a fiction writer, I certainly know a great many self-published writers who are able to do that. Literary writers, or even commercial writers like me, have a tougher time making a solid income from our fiction.
Writing a book is a little like getting married: you are through-the-roof ecstatic when you first jump in, but you may very well lose your enthusiasm after a couple (or more) years.
Self-Publishing Literary Fiction: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Cari Noga Reveals All to the Book Doctors
The Book Doctors met Cari Noga in 2011, when she won our National Novel Writing Month Pitchapalooza (think American Idol for books). Her pitch was spectacular, haunting and superbly crafted.
It may seem like these next two days will be torture. It's supposed to be (I think). But you (yes you, reading this) will find a way to get to your goal, whatever that number may be!