Finish Strong in November: Six Tips for National Novel Writing Month

November is almost here. Do you know what that means? It’s National Novel Writing Month, and it’s time to write the novel of your dreams.

NaNoWriMo” is a 30-day writing contest for aspiring novelists. The idea of the event is to motivate writers to draft a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. That’s about 175 pages. And if we break that down further, it’s shy of six pages a day. In perspective, you’re writing one small freshman composition assignment everyday for 30 days. Nothing you can’t handle. Right?

Well, if you’re motivated to compete in NaNoWriMo, I have tips to help you write better, more effective prose. Continue reading

Time Management: How to Find Time to Write with a Crazy Schedule

Does it feel like if you add one more thing to your calendar it (and you!) might have a meltdown? Finding time to write in the midst of such a jam-packed schedule is daunting, but it is possible.

These three simple tips can help you carve out the time you need to actually finish the book you’ve been working on. Continue reading

Unleashing the Discipline of Creative Writing

 

 I have a raggedy yellow piece of paper that my father gave me about 30 years ago.  Written on it are these words, “Nothing great was ever accomplished without discipline.”

Today, you might be feeling fearful about how to finish a manuscript, find readers for your book or come up with something worthwhile to say in your blog.  Take a walk. Get out of familiar space and allow your mind to wander. Find your joy in simple things. Be thankful. Reflect on goals that you have accomplished in the past. Remember, you have a choice to make. You can listen to the excuses or you can get busy doing something great. Continue reading

Writing Quotes: A Quest for Information

If there’s one thing I know about writers, it’s this: writers spend a lot of time talking and thinking about writing. They read books, articles and blog posts about writing. They talk about it in workshops, at conferences, in online communities and over coffee with friends and mentors. Much of the conversation is a re-hashing of the same basic set of issues, ideas and writing fundamentals. I think this constant dialogue among writers is some type of personal quest — a search for an idea, phrased just so, that will spark a breakthrough in their own writing process. It’s all about finding the right advice at the right time. It’s a search for a phrase that jives with your writing style and opens your eyes to the type of storyteller you really want to be.

To help you on your own writerly quest, we’ve put together some of our favorite quotes on writing. We hope you discover something useful and inspiring in these little nuggets of wisdom from great writers:

On getting started:

“You don’t need to wait for inspiration to write. It’s easier to be inspired while writing than while not writing.”

– Josip Novakovich in Fiction Writer’s Workshop Continue reading