Yes, I started writing today. But what I am copying below is from Nathan Bransford, a writer and former literary agent, to be used by everyone doing NaNoWriMo this year!
Are you ready for National Novel Writing Month? Are you sure?
As always, the best advice I have for writing a novel is in my guide to writing a novel, the second edition of which is now available in print, e-book, and audio. But if you need to cram, here are some posts that might help.
- How to write a novel
- How to format your manuscript
- How to choose an idea for a novel
- How to choose your novel’s perspective
- How to outline a novel
- How to flesh out a character
- Does your novel have a plot?
- Why authors shouldn’t chase trends
- How to get started writing a novel
- How to find a writing style that works for you
Tips for that pesky middle
- How to organize a chapter
- How to craft a great voice
- Why pacing matters in novels
- What do your characters want?
- What makes a great setting
- How to write good dialogue
- Embrace conflict in a novel
- How to craft a good mystery in a novel
- List of character strengths and weaknesses
- 6 ways to build intimacy between characters
- How to create a great villain
- How to write a good climax in a novel
- Editing as you go
- The most common mistakes writers make
- 7 reasons your characters feel flat
- 5 ways to make a character more sympathetic
- Do you suffer from one of these writing maladies?
- Watch out for empty gestures in your novel
- Are you creating a mystery or just being vague?
- Try this trick when your novel is stuck
- The solution to every writing problem that has ever existed
Staying productive (and sane)
- Prioritize yourself
- How to get over writer’s block
- Five ways to stay motivated while writing a novel
- 4 Ways to Stay Productive While Writing a Novel (nanowrimo.org)
- How to regain your concentration
- How to return to writing after a long break
- How to keep writing when the s*** hits the fan
- The publishing process in GIF form
- Ten Commandments for the Happy Writer
Are you doing NaNoWriMo? Are you feeling ready?
Need help with your book? I’m available for manuscript edits, query critiques, and consultations!
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