I’ve heard a lot of advice as a writer, some very good, some not so good. One piece of advice that I’ve had ringing in my ears over the years is to “write what you know.” I’ve written a couple of novels now, neither of which do I have any knowledge about. I am not […]
Getting Unstuck: Dealing with Writer’s Block Every writer no matter their skill level has heard of writer’s block and has probably dealt with it too. We’ve all been there, bemoaning our inability to write and wondering why we just don’t seem to have the motivation. And we’ve all spent forever scrolling through blogs and even […]
Where, when, and how to end a chapter is something a lot of writers question or wonder about when writing their story. Some people end their chapters at the end of a scene, whereas some might tell you to end it after you’ve reached a certain amount of pages. But, the best way to end […]
This week, I got the pleasure of receiving a guest post submission from author, editor, and college professor, Rebekah Dodson–who also happens to edit for A Novel Connection. She’s going to explain why it’s important to self-edit, but why you should also not only rely on it. Rebekah Dodson, M.A., Ed.D(c) Why Self Edit? Congrats, […]
Writer’s block… Something that every writer is familiar with, either because they’ve experienced it, or because it’s talked about quite a lot throughout the writing community. Some people say there is no such thing as writer’s block. That it’s all in our heads. I don’t totally agree with that. To say that writer’s block simply […]
It’s no doubt people love fairy tales! There’s a reason why certain classic stories have stood the test of time and carried out through generation after generation, such as Beauty and the Beast, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, and The Wizard of Oz–just to name a few. Redesigning old fairy tales is popular among writers […]
Day 1 on #NanoWriMo is underway! This is my first time ever participating in #NanoWriMo and I am very excited! So far, it’s helping me to feel excited about writing my book, which is helpful since it can be hard to find the inspiration at times. I always have a hard time jumping into writing […]
One of the most important aspects of writing a good book is having well-developed characters. When an author doesn’t do the work it takes to achieve this, it shows! In this article, you’re going to learn one of the methods I use to develop my characters. Once I’ve brainstormed some basic ideas of what my […]
Authors are gearing up for #NanoWrimo!
If you’re unfamiliar with the popular author hashtag, it stands for National Novel Writing Month, which takes place in November.
If you go to NaNoWriMo’s website, you will find a great tool for writing a book during the month of November. Authors who use this tool set out on November 1st to write a 50k word novel by the last day of month.
Author, Martina Billings-Mcatee says, “I wrote my first book on NaNoWriMo, five books later and I’m still writing. It helped me. It gives me a goal even if I don’t meet it. It helps me focus.”
How does it work?
First, you need to make a profile on NanoWriMo. As you work through your 50k words, you update your progress on oh your profile and are awarded badges along the way
YOUR BOOK IS GONE. EVERY AUTHOR’S WORST NIGHTMARE. You’ve spent hours, days, or maybe months writing this new story, but the computer Gods have failed you and your book is GONE. Maybe your computer crashed… Maybe you forgot to save it… Maybe Microsoft word glitched and deleted your file. I’ve heard a thousand different ways […]