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NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, began in 1999 and takes place each November challenging writers to complete a novel in 30 days. The novel must include at least 50,000 words, which amounts to producing about 1,667 per day for a month.
You may be wondering - Is it even possible to write a novel in 30 days? According to NaNoWriMo hundreds of novels have been traditionally published including “Water for Elephants“ by Sara Gruen, “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern and “Cinder” by Marissa Meyer to name a few.
NaNoWriMo Mission Statement:
We believe in the transformational power of creativity. We provide the structure, community and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals and build new worlds—on and off the page.
While November may be months away, we hope you'll start thinking about writing now, find inspiration, read more about NaNoWriMo, check out some of our novel writing resources and hatch a plan to make your next novel a reality.
Novel Writing Resources
"The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing: Everything You Need to Know to Create and Sell Your Work" from the Editors of Writer's Digest (3rd edition)
In The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing, 3rd Edition, you'll learn from established writers about how to make your novel a reality. Discover techniques and strategies for generating ideas, connecting with readers emotionally, and finding inspiration you need to finish your work.
This fully revised edition includes an updated marketing section for navigating the unique challenges and possibilities of the evolving literary marketplace.
"Bring Your Fiction to Life: Crafting Three-Dimensional Stories with Depth and Complexity" by Karen S. Wiesner
Craft a story that towers above the rest. You know it when you read it: In page after page and scene after scene, a truly engrossing novel has qualities that set it apart. Authentic characters, a well-rounded plot, and immersive settings work in harmony to create a three-dimensional experience--one you can practically step inside and explore. But while you can recognize this work when you read it, writing it can be much more challenging.
"Bring Your Fiction to Life" teaches you how to build a solid narrative structure and layer in lush, textured scenes to create a story that rings true. You'll learn how to:
Packed with story-development charts, worksheets, and checklists, Bring Your Fiction to Life shows you how to craft a vivid story world that readers will instantly recognize as remarkable.
Available in eBook.
Writers flock to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) each November because it provides a procrastination-busting deadline. But only a fraction of the participants meet their goal. Denise Jaden was part of that fraction, writing first drafts of two subsequently published novels in that tight time frame.
In "Fast Fiction," she shows other writers how to do what she did, step-by-step, writer to writer. To ensure success, her program begins a month before the month of drafting. During this prep period writers think through plot, theme, characters, setting, etc. Then Jaden provides day-by-day coaching for the thirty-day drafting period. After writers "race to the finish," they are not left high and dry. Jaden's "After the Draft" revision tips allow writers to determine if a draft is not just workable but compelling, so that they don't waste months or years developing it. Her camaraderie and skill allow Jaden to both instruct and inspire.
Available in eBook.
"Write Your Novel in a Month: How to Complete a First Draft in 30 Days and What to do Next" by Jeff Gerke
One of these days, I'm going to sit down and write that novel ... Everyone thinks about doing it, yet most people who do start a novel end up stalling after a few chapters.
Where do these would-be novelists go wrong?
These problems used to stop writers in their tracks, but nothing will get in your way after reading Write Your Novel in a Month. Author and instructor Jeff Gerke has created the perfect tool to show you how to prepare yourself to write your first draft in as little as 30 days. With Jeff's help, you will learn how to organize your ideas, create dynamic stories, develop believable characters, and flesh out the idea narrative for your novel--and not just for the rapid-fire first draft. Jeff walks you through the entire process, from initial idea to the important revision stage, and even explains what to do with your novel once you've finished. Whether you are participating in National Novel Writing Month or you're simply hoping to complete a draft over winter break or your vacation, this book covers the entire scope of writing a novel and lays out exactly what you need to know to get it done fast and right.
Available in eBook.
"Write-A-Thon: Write Your Book in 26 Days (and live to tell about it)" by Rochelle Melander
Find the focus, energy, and drive you need to start and finish your book.
Everyone has dreamed of writing a book, but so many start writing only to stall out due to writers block, mental fatigue, and other challenges. "Write-A-Thon" helps you overcome those stumbling blocks and complete your book once and for all. And you don't have to type away for years on end. Here's a plan that'll help you write your book in twenty-six days! "Write-A-Thon" gives you the tools, advice, and inspiration you need to succeed before, during, and after your writing race. Solid instruction, positive psychology, and inspiration from marathon runners will give you the momentum to take each step from here to the finish line.
Start out well prepared:
Writing a book in twenty-six days may seem impossible especially if you don't write full-time but in "Write-A-Thon," Rochelle Melander will teach you the life skills, performance techniques and writing tools you need to finish your manuscript in less than a month guaranteed!
Available in eBook.
"Writing Your Novel From Start to Finish: A Guidebook for the Journey" by Joseph Bates
Equip yourself for the novel-writing journey!Starting a novel is exciting, but finishing it--that's the real challenge. The journey from beginning to end is rife with forks in the road and dead ends that lead many writers off course. With "Writing Your Novel from Start to Finish: A Guidebook for the Journey," you'll navigate the intricacies of crafting a complex work of fiction and complete the journey with confidence and precision.
To maximize your creativity and forward momentum, each chapter offers:
No matter your level of experience or where you are in your project, "Writing Your Novel from Start to Finish" provides the instruction, inspiration, and guidance you need to complete your journey successfully.
"The Writer's Compass: From Story Map to Finished Draft in 7 Stages" by Nancy Ellen Dodd
Map Out Your Idea and Finish Your Story in 7 Stages!
How do you tell the story you want to tell and capture your audience's heart? Regardless of genre or format, to tell your story effectively you must first sort through all the ideas you've been toying with-organize them, whip them into shape, and turn them into great writing. "The Writer's Compass" is here to show you the way. This guide to better writing teaches you to visualize your story's progress by creating a story map that helps you see all the different components of your story, where these components are going, and, perhaps most importantly, what key components are missing.
You'll learn to:
Whether you're writing a novel, a short story, a play, or a screenplay, the 7 stage approach of "The Writers Compass" allows you to focus on one aspect of your story at a time-including forming and developing ideas, building strong structures, creating vibrant characters and structuring scenes and transitions.
"Troubleshooting Your Novel: Essential Techniques for Identifying and Solving Manuscript Problems" by Steven James
Take your story to the next level of excellence!
You've completed the first draft of your novel--now what? Chances are, it's not perfect...at least not yet. In order to increase your chances of getting a literary agent, selling your manuscript to a publisher, or garnering an audience for your self-published work, you need targeted, practical instruction on tackling the problem areas and weak spots in your story. You need "Troubleshooting Your Novel."
In this hand-on, easy-to-use guide, award-winning author Steven James provides helpful techniques and checklists, time-saving tricks of the trade, and hundreds of questions for manuscript analysis and revision.
You'll learn how to:
Strengthen your story, prepare it for the marketplace, and make it the best it can be with "Troubleshooting Your Novel."
"21 Ways To Double Your Productivity, Improve Your Craft & Get Published! A Field Guide for Writers" by Sara Connell
Anyone who's ever given serious thought to writing will benefit from this boot camp in a book! Sara Connell shares the exact techniques she used to go from unpublished writer to successful author with an agent, book contract, publication in national magazines and a nomination for Elle magazine Book of the Year for her first book, "Bringing in Finn."
For writers, "21 Ways" is like having a personal writing coach, guiding you through the writing and publishing process, stretching you into your genius and leading you to your greatest success. Aspiring, emerging and established professional writers will benefit from Sara Connell's coaching expertise on developing author confidence, effective craft strategies and insider tips to get published.
Going beyond the typical recommendations to write every day and celebrate rejections, "21 Ways to Double Your Productivity, Improve Your Craft & Get Published!" offers writers a wealth of innovative strategies to achieve success and creative fulfillment as an author in today's publishing landscape.
"How to Write a Book Proposal: The Insider's Step-by-Step Guide to Proposals that Get You Published" by Jody Rein and Michael Larsen
The Essential Resource for Selling Your Book!
If you want to publish a book, you must present it to agents and publishers with a knock-your-socks-off proposal. Whether you're seeking a traditional press to publish your self-published book or trying to win over an agent for your graphic novel, memoir, or nonfiction title, you need an irresistible proposal. The better your proposal, the better the editor, publisher and deal you will get. Nailing your proposal requires an understanding of how publishers work and how to brand yourself, build a platform and structure your book. You'll learn it all in this breezy top-to-bottom revision of the classic 100,000-copy best-seller.
Inside "How to Write a Book Proposal," you will find:
This sassy, thorough guide from industry professionals Jody Rein and Michael Larsen will become your go-to for advice about publishing.
"Novel & Short Story Writer's Market 2018" is the only resource you need to get your short stories, novellas, and novels published. This edition of NSSWM features hundreds of updated listings for book publishers, literary agents, fiction publications, contests, and more, and each listing includes contact information, submission guidelines, and other essential tips.
Inside "Novel & Short Story Writer's Market," you'll find valuable tips for: