If you’ve chosen to write a novel, you might be wondering the age-old question: How do I stay on track? We hear everyone talk about hitting a certain word count each day, from your peer group, to the writing group, to best-selling authors like Stephen King. But how do they do it? Read on to find out! We’ve provided some tips below for you to keep in mind as you establish how to stay on track.
The publishing world is daunting. How do you navigate contracts, promotions, and events while also producing your best work? Even seasoned authors struggle to find balance.
But don't worry; we’ve compiled a list of the biggest mistakes new authors make. Avoid these common missteps and you’ll have that much more time to work on what really matters: your writing!
Querying can be one of the most daunting parts of the publishing process, whether you’re a new author or a seasoned author looking for a new agent. Even when you have an agent, you still have to wait for them to send your manuscript out on submission, which isn’t necessarily a guarantee that it’ll be published.
While these two parts of the publication process are quite different, this is true for both: the first pages of your manuscript are critical and can make or break your manuscript’s success. So how do you, as an author, know if the beginning of your manuscript is effective enough to make it through the submission pile? Read on to find out.
One of the biggest mistakes a writer can make when querying or sending to a publisher is neglecting to edit their manuscript. Contrary to what some might think, your manuscript isn’t finished after typing the last sentence of your first draft or even after finishing the revision process. Editing is a critical component of preparing a manuscript to send off for publication. Read on to understand the different types of editing and their importance in the publication process!
2021 is finally here! You’ve popped the champagne, watched the ball drop, and maybe even shared a New Year’s kiss. What now? Odds are, you have a few New Year’s resolutions rattling around your head. But have you considered adding your writing goals to this list?
That’s where we come in.
Writing can be tough. If you’re already working, you might not have the time or motivation to sit down and write the night away. Maybe you don’t know where to start. Whatever you’re going through, Night Heron is here to help!
We’ve compiled a few writing tips that you can incorporate into your New Year’s resolutions. Remember: the more realistic and specific your resolutions, the more likely you are to achieve them. Keep that in mind, and you’ll be a writing machine in no time.
So you’ve got a book idea: congrats! Maybe it’s been rattling around in your head for a few months, or you just got the idea in the shower. Either way, you’re ready to take the next step—writing your novel! Writing a book is no easy task, even for the most experienced writers. Where do you start? How do you stay motivated?
That’s where NaNoWriMo comes in.
National Novel Writing Month (affectionately dubbed NaNoWriMo) is a write-a-thon that takes place every November. Writers from all around the world challenge themselves to start a novel on November 1st and finish it by November 30th. Participants have a support system to help them along the way as they churn out a 50,000 word manuscript. With countless resources and uplifting new friends, you’re bound to show your book idea who’s boss.
So, what are the pros and cons? NaNoWriMo works best for writers who want to hit a specific word count. The November 30th deadline is meant to encourage you, not bring additional stress. If you prefer to write and edit at the same time, NaNoWriMo might not be for you. On the plus side, you’ll have a community to share this experience with and learn from.
Not convinced yet? Bestselling novels like Water for Elephants, The Night Circus, and Fangirl were all written over the course of NaNoWriMo. Yours could be next! If NaNoWriMo sounds like it’s for you, read on for our best tips.
Writers can’t succeed without rejection. Whether you’re a seasoned writer or just getting started, it’s important to understand that you’ll often experience rejection from publishers. No matter how many times you’re told to toughen up and slap on a smile, it’s still going to suck.
So how can you make the most of rejections? We’ve compiled a few tips to help writers feel empowered and motivated after their rejections.