Blockbuster Hints from Agent Donald Maass

Follow the link below to a list of blockbuster novel hints from super agent Donald Maass.

If you ever have a chance to take one of his workshops, don’t miss it! His books are great, too.

Donald Maass Literary Agency.

National Novel Writing Month – Tips That Have Helped Me « My Two Cents

Here is a practical (and hilarious) guide to making your word limit each day for the NaNoWriMo challenge.

National Novel Writing Month – Tips That Have Helped Me « My Two Cents.

November is Art Every Day Month! | Creative Every Day

Whether you are a novelist, a picture book writer, or a visual artist, there is a support group out there for you during November. Check out this wonderful post by illustrator Leah Piken Kolidas for more information. Have fun!

November is Art Every Day Month! | Creative Every Day.


The Pros and Cons of NaNoWriMo

I have signed up again for NaNoWriMo, but I am not following the rules, so I cannot win. Instead of starting a new novel, I will be writing the ending of one that has been in process for some time. Actually, I only need about 20,000 words, but it could go up to 30,000. That makes a very workable goal each day. I like the idea of writing flat out and not revising as I go as I usually do. I will be using the challenge in the way that works for me. The essay you will reach from the link below expresses a different and very valid opinion.

QueryTracker Blog: Why I’m not doing NaNoWriMo.

Free Novel Writing Software

I discovered this software while participating in NaNoWriMo a few years ago. It is almost too good to be true. It keeps track of your wordcount and scrambles your text for submission to the official NaNo site. More than that, it helps you write in scenes. It is a little more complex than Scrivener, but in some ways that is good. Right now I am using both. You can write in one, save the text as RTF, and paste it into the other. Each has advantages. It is, for example, harder to keep track of characters in Scrivener, but there is no corkboard for scene “cards” in yWriter5.

Ywriter5 is just for Windows, though. If you want to try it, the download link is below.

yWriter5 – Free writing software designed by an author, not a salesman.

How to Write a Novel in One Easy Blog Post

I’m reading and thinking in preparation for next month’s NaNoWriMo.

Here’s a great post about how to write a novel. It distills the content of many good books on the subject. Steven Atwood’s method, or a variation on it, might work for you.

Deciding on a Story Line | Steven Atwood, Author Blog.

Remember, though, that every writer has a slightly different working style. Whatever works for you is what works for you.

No Motivation to Write? 10 Ways to Write More Words Than You Can Edit : Quips and Tips for Successful Writers

Sometimes each of us slams up against a writing wall. Then, the house needs to be cleaned. Office supply shopping sounds like great fun, and a ten mile hike in the rain is irresistible. Click on the link for some great ways to get back on track.

No Motivation to Write? 10 Ways to Write More Words Than You Can Edit : Quips and Tips for Successful Writers.