On Friday, another fun month of NaNoWriMo began!
I actually wasn’t planning on participating this year, what with Baby Reading In Winter on the way in early December, but I decided it could be a great pre-baby goal — to actually WIN at NaNo one year.
Of course, I decided this last Wednesday, which meant I had NO idea what I would write and started with the barest of bones of an idea. Or, the cousin of an idea. The LONG DISTANCE cousin of an idea.
Does that spell trouble?
I hope not.
I do have high hopes to actually reach my goal this year, outline be dammed! If you’re a winger, let’s wing this together! (Winger? Pantser?)
If you want to add me as a friend, visit my NaNo page at: http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/participants/kristilyn
Are you a book blogger who’s participating this year? If you are, add me as a writing buddy! We can cheer each other on!
To get everyone in the writing mood, I thought I’d compile some of the writing advice that has come by the blog in the past year. I’ve had a few authors do Q&A’s and writing advice is one of my questions! So, without further adieu, here is writing advice from writers themselves:
Catherine McKenzie, author of Forgotten, Hidden, and Arranged (read her Q&A here):
Write. Write. Write. Just write.
Jesse Petersen, author of the Living with the Dead series (read her Q&A here):
Write a book. Then edit the book. Then write another book. Honestly, you learn to write by writing and you have to put your butt in a chair and do it regularly.
Michelle Zink, author of A Temptation of Angels (read her Q&A here):
Finish something. We writers can spend YEARS staring at the page, writing and rewriting the same chapter (or paragraph – lol!). But in the end, you’re not going to get BETTER if you don’t finish anything. You’ll learn more from the process of writing something from beginning to end than anything else you can do. I don’t think you can really get a big picture view on the process until you see it all the way through.
Miranda Kenneally, author of the Hundred Oaks series (read her Q&A here):
Yes. 1) Write the absolute best book you can before trying to get an agent. 2) Don’t give up even if your friends and family aren’t all that supportive at first. 3) Read, read, read. You can’t learn to write well unless you know the market and what books in your genre are like.
Karina Halle, author of the Experiment in Terror series (read her Q&A here):
Don’t think. Just do. And to make it easier on yourself, write out an outline first. Know where you are going before you start. And follow through. You can find the time, so make the time, and you’ll get it done.
And if you still need MOAR motivation, here are some advice and pep talks:
- A pep talk from James Patterson (who releases a book, like, every 30 seconds)
- A humorous look at the struggles of getting ready for NaNoWriMo.
- A pep talk from the always awesome Rainbow Rowell (who started Fangirl during NaNoWriMo!)
- Susan Dennard (author of Something Strange and Deadly) has a GREAT post with lots of advice, links, and so much more!
- Are you a pantser or an outliner? Susan Dennard shares more advice!
Did you miss my links from last year? Here they are now!
- A video by author Robyn Schneider (beware the suck dragons!)
- Some tips from Retreat by Random House (do you have a designated writing spot?)
- Goodreads has a NaNoWriMo forum, in case you want to connect with other writers.
- Here are PLENTY of tools and apps for writers. The list is DAUNTING.
- Robin LaFevers, author of Grave Mercy, talks about characters, setting the foundation for your story, how to grow your plot from character, and writing to trends.
- Author Tony Romano talks about the steps of writing a novel.
- Authors Joelle Anthony and Rabindranath Maharaj debate the differences of writing in solitude and writing in a coffee shop.
AND, if you’re looking for some inspiration from one of the top writers, I really recommend reading On Writing, by Stephen King. It’s a WONDERFUL read and full of tips and inspiration!
Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year? What kind of advice can YOU give to aspiring writers and all the participants this year?