It’s October 1 and that means just one thing … 31 days until National Novel Writing Month! This year will be my fifth attempt to write a 50,000-word novel over the course of the month of November, and I have only won (wrote 50,000 words) once. But, the lessons I’ve learned about writing during NaNoWriMo
As an aspiring and amateur writer, I’ve read dozens of articles, blogs and books on “how to write” and an endless stream of tweets, posts, quotes and advice from professional writers throughout history. I have notebooks full of tips and instructions on how to build strong characters, design plots, create tension, etc. etc. etc. But
There have been countless projects I’ve worked on over the years where I’ve followed this exact track. Is it the best way to write? Hell, no, but I think anyone who has gone through any major project like this can relate.
“Make them cry, make them laugh, make ‘em wait.” – Wilkie Collins As writers of serial fiction we all want to accomplish two key goals with our stories. First, we want to evoke an emotion in the reader as they read our work. Second, we want to create an endearing story that the reader will