national novel writing month
As the writing challenge turns 20, it’s time for the publishing industry to challenge itself.
"No," I said. "You're meant to be an enigma to your daughters! Besides, I don't have time to go back to the beginning of
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!
Only nine more days of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)! You're probably in the final stretch, and we thought these
We watched as he built this strange, beautiful community of lunatics and dreamers who, every November, write a 50,000 word book in 30 days. NaNoWriMo, as it's called, now has hundreds of thousands of participants all over the world, writing writing writing.
The truth is, it's not easy to write a novel. Like a clock, a novel has many moving parts that all need to work together in perfect balance. Pace. Momentum. Tension. Plot. Characterization. Story arc. Character arcs.
Whether you drafted a new novel in November for NaNoWriMo or you're in the middle of a multi-year writing project, one key task in revising your book will be to comb (or machete) your way through it to see whether the imagery is as fresh and original as possible.
As you read thisessay, I'll be taking a nap. Or relaxing on my sofa, eating bonbons and reading Christopher Isherwood's Berlin Stories. I'll feel that I deserve these luxuries because, between November 1 and November 30, I will have written an entire novel.
I would love to write a novel. Well, actually, I would love to finish writing a novel.
What, in your opinion, are the advantages of writing quickly? It's the Kerouac approach of just putting a sheet of paper
How many words have you written so far? Because of a hectic weekend I'm only a little over 17,000 words - a few thousand
Describe your book-in-process in 50 words or less. A man returns to his hometown, a now post-apocalyptic Toronto, and finds
With thousands of participants (200,000 and counting this year alone), NaNoWriMo is never dull. Most people have a book in mind that they "plan on writing one day." That is the beauty of NaNoWriMo.