It’s the start of the new year – and it's finally time to write the book you've been thinking about. Except, you're not even sure how to start writing a book. If you dedicate yourself to the task, you can finish your book within a year.

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If you’re asked to be a fresh eyes reader by a friend or colleague who’s writing a book, you are being given an honor, a privilege, and most important, a responsibility. Don’t take it lightly, but be sure to enjoy it along the way!

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The emotional map of your book is different than the plot, though the two are tightly related. Being aware of this emotional current can bring clarity to your writing, and is a powerful way to progress your story.

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This infographic shows that, at over 58,000 words in length, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde took a mere six days to write, while J. D. Salinger averaged 20 words a day to finish his 73,000-word classic The Catcher in the Rye over a 10-year span.

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NaNoWriMo’s Executive Director, Grant Faulkner, joined our December #BBchat Twitter Chat to discuss the revision process and what next steps writers should take with their novel in order to be successful.

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A micro-memoir focuses on one moment – maybe only seconds long. Whether it's the actual start to your book, or just a way to get you to start the writing process, these little scenes will set the stage for the larger story.

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Memoirs are their own class of writing, but they have to adhere to the principles of great storytelling. Here are four things to consider before you write your memoir.

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