I’ve been participating in NaNoWriMo for a few years now. Some years the timing just isn’t good and other years I just never hit my word count goal. I’ve always gone with the theory that any words written is better than no words written. In fact, I started writing my third novel, She’s Not Here, for National Novel Writing Month 2015. However, I’ve never officially won. This year I was a NaNoWriMo Rebel and made my goal to write 20,000 words, which I did! However, I’ve never actually won. So I’ve come to terms with the fact that I just can’t write a novel in a month. And I’m sure I’m not the only one!
It’s hard to write a novel. It’s even harder to write a novel in a month. NaNoWriMo is a great way to get the first draft of your novel written, but I also like to remind people that while 50,000 words is technically a novel, most traditional novels are closer to 80,000 words or more.
What makes a great novel that makes you want to read every book the author has ever written? That answer would be up for debate but I think it’s safe to say a killer plot twist can convince any reader to read more from that author. While plots twists aren’t a must-have when it comes to writing books, it can certainly make a book more interesting, so today I’m talking all about how you can add a plot twist to your novel with some simple foreshadowing tricks.
The hardest part about writing a novel is usually the first draft. If you’re a pantser, like myself, you tend to make it up as you go, but if you’re a plotting, like my dear friend Brittany Wang, you’re going to spend awhile plotting out your novel to discover what the story is going to be.
In order to eventually write a novel, you’ve got to just sit down and write. The key to finishing a writing project is writing every day, or as mush as you can. In today’s video I’m talking about how you can get into the zone of writing with some simple tips and tricks. Check it out and be sure to share!
We all have the dream of writing a novel, so why is it so few accomplish the goal? The reason is simple: writing a book is hard! It takes time, talent and dedication. Today I’m talking about the five things that could be stopping you from finishing your novel and showing you what to do to work around those roadblocks.
We’re talking about beta readers again! Last week’s video was all about how to find and choose beta readers, so this week is part 2 and I’m talking about how to work with your beta readers to improve your novel. This means taking their criticism, deciding what’s right and what’s not and ultimately getting your novel to the next level. Watch the video!
Learn how to find and choose beta readers: http://bit.ly/2LJBxv7
Today I have some really exciting news about my third novel, She’s Not Here, but before I get into that, there are a few other things I wanted to talk about. Mainly, why I’m choosing to self-publish my third novel. Watch the video for all the details!