Today’s writing vlog is where I redeem myself. Do you get to see me exhausted? Yes! Do you get to see me actually write? Yes! My goal for NaNoWriMo this year was to write 20,000 words for my fourth novel. Did I reach my writing goal? We’ll have to wait and see!
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.
We’re just about at the halfway point of National Novel Writing Month. Some of you are probably starting to feel burnt out while others might have the finish line in sight. Regardless of how many words you’ve written, I have ten tips to get you write more, write faster, and to win NaNoWriMo so you can get the first draft of your novel finished! So, let’s get to writing!
This video is so important for a few reasons. A lot of people have been putting pressure on themselves to do more and more and be as productive as possible. As writers, this means we need to write more. But the truth is, writers don’t need to write for hours a day, or even every day. In this video we’re going raw and uncut to see just how much the writers from the Wander Writer’s Retreat actually write.
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.
I recently finished writing my third novel, She’s Not Here, which begs the question, how do you finish writing a novel? In today’s video I’ve got three of my favorite tips I’ve used to help me finish writing novels. If you have more tips on how to finish writing a novel, be sure to leave them in the comments below!
Sometimes you know that you want to write, but you have no idea what you want to write about. You’re ready to start writing the next great American novel, but every idea you come up with seems like it’s been told before. In today’s blog, I’m going to cover a few different tips that you can use to help come up with an original story idea that you can use to start writing a novel.