Ditch the rules and use the month to create the project of your dreams. You might want to complete a book of poetry, a coaching guide, or even a family history. National Novel Writing Month is designed for novelists, but nonfiction writers can use the discipline and energy of the month to complete projects, too. After breaking the genre rule, consider what other rules you want to ditch:
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But is it possible to write a book, or a good book, in a just 30 days? My short answer is: Of course, you can write a book, or a good book, in 30 days.
I know plenty of novelists who write the first draft to their novels in 30 days. This guest post is by Nina Amir. A speaker and blogger, she is known as the Inspiration to Creation Coach because she helps creative people combine their passion and purpose so they move from idea to inspired action and positively and meaningfully impact the world as writers, bloggers, authorpreneurs, and blogpreneurs.
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The same goes for nonfiction. I know many nonfiction writers who turn out the first draft of a nonfiction book in 30 days as well. You can produce the first draft with a sound structure and decent writing, though.
You also can turn out an entirely finished book in 30 days. And that book can be a good book. The work is ready for publication.
Writers who spend a lot of time planning their books—fiction and nonfiction—prior to sitting down to write do this. For instance, Jonathan Maberry churns out books in about four weeks, but he plans rather than writing by the seat of his pants. I have turned out a nonfiction book in four weeks, but I also planned ahead.
In most cases, to finish a polished manuscript in a month means tackling a shorter book. To publish it in that amount of time as well you might want to take on a short project. You may have essays, articles or blog spots you can compile and revise or edit into a book.
Add content to fill in any gaps. You can do this quickly, but you still need to plan ahead. National Fiction Writing Month requires new content. You can follow in their footsteps if you have the following: You have to start with an idea.
You must have a strong desire to write a book in a month. No matter what challenges arise during those 30 days, your will must push you forward to meet your goal. You must have the determination to put your butt in the chair every day for 30 days and churn out work.
This is true not only for your book project but also for your personal calendar. Know what you will write, how you will write it and what resources or research you need to write your book as well as how much time it will require and how you will fit this time into your daily schedule.
Have the mindset, the belief system or thoughts, that allow you to write a book in a month. Believe you can do it. To keep up a day marathon writing regimen, you have to have good habits—not just writing habits but basic high performance habits. You need to take frequent breaks to keep yourself fresh, drink a lot of water, eat well, sleep enough, and learn to manage your attention.
With clarity and focus, you can cross the finish line. Learn more about becoming a high-performance writer here. In some cases, you might even have that manuscript ready for publication.
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The goal of this post was to provide helpful advice for others, especially my many friends in consulting that were curious about the entire process of writing their own book. However, I am not in the publishing business, I am not in contact with literary agents, and I really can't help you secure.
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International Literacy Initiative Celebrating the Print Picture Book in November. On Writing Well has been praised for its sound advice, its clarity and the warmth of its style.
It is a book for everybody who wants to learn how to write or who needs to do some writing to get through the day, as almost everybody does in the age of e-mail and the Internet.
The Art of Writing a Non-Fiction Book: An Easy Guide to Researching, Creating, Editing, and Self-Publishing Your First Book (Become a Writer Today). Note from Mack: This post was written in while I was writing my book Think Like a Rock timberdesignmag.com goal of this post was to provide helpful advice for others, especially my many friends in consulting that were curious about the entire process of writing their own book. I've always been a big nerd. But for one shining moment, one GLORIOUS MOMENT, when I finished writing my book, OH BOY, YOU'RE HAVING A GIRL: A Dad's Survival Guide to Raising Daughters, I felt like a complete and utter badass. Here's why.
Whenever I’m reading someone else’s work for critique or whenever I’m struggling in a particular area of my writing, I always turn to mentor texts.