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.
Choosing a title for your new manuscript can be a daunting task. Some authors may come up with a title they love at a moment’s notice, while others may take weeks, or even months trying to come up with the words that adequately sums up the gist of your book. Despite the difficulties, giving your project the right title can help bring it to life.
Number one enemy to all writers? Writer’s block. Trying to work through a creative dry spell can put a strain on you as well as the work you produce. There’s nothing as frustrating as wanting to create and not being able to. Here’s a few of my favorite tips to get you back into your productive flow.
Children’s books are short, sure, but writing a good children’s book is only simple at the surface level. Some of our most beloved and widespread quotes actually originate from children’s books. “Promise me you’ll remember, you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think” is a Winnie the Pooh quote. “Real isn’t how you are made. It’s a thing that happens to you.” That one is from The Velveteen Rabbit. Made for kids or not, these sentiments have resonance for everyone. So...how do you do that as a writer, exactly?
We live in a digital age, and even the most techno-phobic among us have used the Internet to search for a book or author we love or whose work we want to read. Few things are more frustrating than when not even Google has the answer to what you’re looking for, and if you’re a writer without a website, we have some bad news for you--this is most likely the case when people search for you. Don’t worry, though, we have good news, too! You can clear up a lot of this search confusion. Enter: the author website.
Anyone who has tried to get a book published in recent years knows there are a myriad of choices writers are presented with when trying to find the right home for their work. Perhaps the biggest, and certainly one of the earliest, choices to be made is whether to go the traditional publishing route or to self-publish. To help, we’ve broken down the differences between the two avenues and will discuss why one path might be better over the other.