Unless you're a writer who lives under a rock, you probably know that November is National Novel Writing Month. Some people love it (author Derek Murphy recently wrote this article to defend it), and some hate it (Derek's article was in reply to another one by Tom Mitchell, condemning the whole idea), but one thing is for sure. If you're planning on participating, you should be preparing already.
With that in mind, I've been dipping into a few books that will help any writer who wants to trade their free time, early holiday shopping, and maybe their sanity, for a NaNo win in November 2015.
Nail Your Novel: Why Writers Abandon Books and How You Can Draft, Fix and Finish With Confidence
by Roz Morris
This is the book on my bedside table right now, and I'm busy doing the many 'pre-writing' exercises it suggests. I have a setting, characters, a genre (of course) and a tin box full of interesting incidents scrawled on scraps of paper. They now need to be transferred to index cards and adapted to provide a detailed synopsis. I don't know yet how well this method will work for me. I do know that Roz Morris is a prolific author and ghostwriter, editor and writing coach. So I'm more than willing to give her methods a try.
A Cheater's Guide to NaNoWriMo: Tips, Tricks and Hacks for Winning This November
By Laura Roberts
I've just read this on Kindle and found it both inspiring and comforting. Part memoir, part writing guide, and also the permission and encouragement you may need, to truly cheat your way through NaNoWriMo.
It seems like it's only available on Kindle right now but don't forget you can read Kindle books on any device by downloading the free Kindle App from Amazon.
Fiction Unboxed: How Two Authors Wrote and Published a Book in 30 Days, From Scratch, In Front of the World
By Sean Platt & Johnny B Truant
I first found these guys when I was lucky enough to be gifted their book Write. Publish. Repeat. (The No-Luck-Required Guide to Self-Publishing Success) which, as it happens, is the book I'd recommend you read after NaNoWriMo if you're lucky enough to produce a novel draft you think is worth working on and eventually publishing.
The title of this one says it all. If they can do it, so can we, especially as they're willing to share exactly how they managed it.
Interested in joining in this November? Find out more at the NaNoWriMo Official Website.
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