Yes, your favorite annual torture device writing festival is here, where thousands of intrepid novelists will set aside November cheer in favor of tearing up their laptops in an effort to write a novel in just one month. It’s called NaNoWriMo, and it’s quite something.
Are you ready? You sure?
Here are some links that may help.
First off, all of my best tips are written up all nice and polished-like in my guide to writing a novel, otherwise known as How to Write a Novel: 47 Rules for Writing a Stupendously Awesome Novel You Will Love Forever. (That link is to Amazon but it’s available in All The Usual Places online.)
If you prefer your advice in the free form (as in, it doesn’t cost anything), here are some links to get you started:
- How to write a novel (overview)
- How to choose an idea
- How to get started writing a novel
- How to return to writing after a long break
- Do you have a plot?
- Is your premise an archetype or a cliche?
- Why you shouldn’t chase trends
- Consider starting a Series Bible
Style and Voice
- How to find a writing style that works for you
- How to craft a great voice
- What is pacing?
- How to flesh out a character
- Seven keys to writing good dialogue
- What makes a great setting
- Character and plot are inseparable
- Editing as you go
- 10 Commandments for the Happy Writer
- How to deal with new book jitters
- Five ways to stay motivated
- How to get over writers’ block
- The perils of overconfidence
- How to keep writing when the s*** hits the fan
- How to deal with frustration
- The solution to every writing problem that has ever existed
- You Tell Me responses: How do you deal with the “Am I Crazies?”
- You Tell Me responses: How do you deal with writing burnout?
- Writing Advice Database
- You Tell Me responses: What is the best writing advice you’ve received?
Need help with your book? I’m available for manuscript edits, query critiques, and consultations! And if you like this post, check out my guide to writing a novel.
Caitlin Lane says
Thanks for the links! I first participated in NaNoWriMo back in '06 and have only missed out on taking part twice. I'm on the fence about NaNo this year, and I'm considering going at it as a "rebel" by using a novel I'm currently working on and just trying to add 50,000 to it. Till then, time to check out some links!
JOHN T. SHEA says
Thanks, Nathan, for reminding us there are stores apart from Amazon, even online. And for the links to your copious advice.