Devious members of Publish-Write
, please check your clocks and calendars. Yes, that's right – November is almost one week away! Now, that doesn't just mean on-sale candy and junk food (although I'll be first in line at the drugstore for my candy corn.) It also means that NaNoWriMo
is just around the bend.
If you've joined our group recently, or have been residing in a secluded corner of the internet writing world, you may not know what National Novel Writing Month
is all about. That's okay, just head right over here.
The article should enlighten you a bit. If not, just drop on by the site itself.
Both links should help.
The gist of it is that NaNoWriMo means writing 50,000 words in 30 days. Though I have millions of things I desperately will need to do during November, I hope to continue with my trend of winning. I participated and won in NaNo '08 and NaNo '09. This year, I'm forced to face the problem of having no plot, and 9 short days to come up with one. And I'll have to like whatever plot I come up with, and stick with it for 50,000 words. What a dilemma. So, after much deliberation, I thought I'd review some of the tutorials this group has recommended. I'll post what happens, pros and cons, and how well it works for a novelist in distress.
If you're scratching your head, trying to figure out what this has to do with publishing, let me fill you in on a little secret: publishing can only come after you've written something. And a novel is what many people find infuriating and impossible to revise and/or edit. So after NaNoWriMo's through, we'll be posting some tutorials/FAQ about revising and evaluating the worth (rough-draft wise) of your NaNo book. Then we'll talk about second drafts, querying, etc., on other works in general as well as NaNoWriMo books.Publish-Write
will also keep a list of participants and status bars to see how well they're doing throughout November. If you are participating, comment on this post with your NaNoWriMo user account and we'll put you on the list. If any of the participants (current and former) have any advice to share, comments on previous years, or questions, please post them here. Below are some links to get you started if you're really in a bind.
P.S. November will have little to offer in the way of poetry. I would say to wait for National Haiku Writing Month, and in the meantime, watch everyone else participating freak out.
Can't wait for the noveling to start!Prosaic-ScriptorIF YOU'RE PRE-WRITING/DRAFTING/PLOTTING:Holly LisleGreat world-building tutorials, awesome workshops on how to make characters, etc. Endless supply of resources for starting out. IF YOU'RE REVISING:Timothy HallinanHelpful resources on finishing, revising and publishing your novel. Not very helpful for poetry.Holly LisleShe's great for revising, too. Tons of articles, how-to's and workshops on how to revise your novels.IF YOU'RE QUERYING:Query SharkQuery critiquing site - submit yours, and the "Shark" critiques it on her blog. You can revise and resubmit, and since she's an actual agent, if she really likes it, she might even ask for sample pages!BLOGSPub RantsAn agent's blog - she always has useful things to say, and it keeps you updated with what's happening in the publishing world. She sometimes posts the original queries of her client's.NaNoWriMo 2010 Participants:rin2yume
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