Completing a novel is a major accomplishment for any writer, and every novelist has his or her own writing method. From outlining to sticky notes to just writing the darn thing, the process of completing a novel will differ from writer to writer. For novelists out there struggling with their current writing method, or those embarking on their first book, look these over – you might find a process that works for you.
For the April edition of our #BBchat Twitter chat, we asked a few of our authors and literary friends from around the world, including Grant Faulkner (Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month) for his thoughts on Camp NaNoWriMo and how to stay motivated.
This Wednesday from 4-5 pm ET, we will host a Twitter chat discussing all things Camp NaNoWriMo, including how to stay motivated, discover inspiration, and navigate the transition between a completed manuscript and a published work. Author and Executive Director of NaNoWriMo Grant Faulkner will be joining us. Add your voice, questions, opinions, and experience to the conversation. To participate, simply tweet during the scheduled time using the #BBchat hashtag! Join us to learn more about Faulkner's strategies and recommendations for authors.
Whether you’re writing a novel in a month for National Novel Writing Month, or you’re simply trying to finish that gripping fantasy book you’ve been working on for ten years, it can be hard to stay motivated. As a novelist, I find that there are days when the words flow easily, and others when even writing the first sentence feels about as easy as climbing Mount Everest in flip-flops. While I love writing, and I can’t imagine not doing it for a living, I also know that there are days when I’d rather do almost anything other than face the pages I have to write. Every distraction, even laundry or the gym, looks like a more fun way to spend my afternoon. Here are some tips for getting and staying motivated while you write your novel.
One of the biggest benefits of NaNoWriMo for me is the creative momentum it spawns, even beyond November. Each year I’m energized by the imaginative sparks (and sometimes flames) that result from immersing myself in writing. I also learn (and relearn) important things about time management, discipline, and the value of writing with others.
Here are 12 favorite BookBaby articles to inspire and aide you in your quest to write a novel!