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Writing a Novel

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) Founder Chris Baty on Writing, Writers, Doing & Dreaming

David Henry Sterry | Posted 06.24.2013 | Books
David Henry Sterry

We watched as he built this strange, beautiful community of lunatics and dreamers who, every November, write a 50,000 word book in 30 days. NaNoWriMo, as it's called, now has hundreds of thousands of participants all over the world, writing writing writing.

Inspiration in Key West

Sheila Blanchette | Posted 05.01.2013 | Books
Sheila Blanchette

A writer's life is enticing. Besides his home in Key West, Hemingway also lived in Idaho, Paris and Cuba. He traveled the world and hung out with other famous writers and artists. He had his very own style of writing and believed less was more.

Creating The Capitolist

Karin Tanabe | Posted 04.06.2013 | Books
Karin Tanabe

I'm glad I learned early that even a roman à clef is not the place to covertly write about your enemies or that girl you just couldn't stand because she always smelled like peanut butter sandwiches.

The Imperative Wow

M.J. Rose | Posted 03.09.2013 | Books
M.J. Rose

"I want to implore you to remember to dedicate at least as much effort, if not more, to craft than you did before you started taking on so many of the...

To The Reader Who Saved My Life

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 03.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

It wasn't enough just to have my book "out there." I needed to know that it meant something, that it had a larger purpose than simply entertainment. When you shared that the book had resonated so deeply with you that you'd already read it four times, I cried.

The Road to Publication - Part Two: The Next Step

S.L. Scott | Posted 03.10.2013 | Books
S.L. Scott

You did it! You have finished writing your novel... at least the first draft. Take a moment, a day, or a week to enjoy this great accomplishment. It's worthy of appreciation. Do not waste the time though.

Why We Write

Alan Watt | Posted 03.06.2013 | Books
Alan Watt

I'm nearing completion on a new novel and the same old thoughts are arising. What have I done? Am I really going to reveal these ugly aspects of mysel...

Sharon, Will You Go Out With Me?

John Malik | Posted 03.04.2013 | Books
John Malik

The process and emotions are eerily similar. I plot, plan and carefully script the query to my novel hoping that the object of my desire will say yes please, show me a bit more.

The Road to Publication - Part One: Writers and Book Sellers

S.L. Scott | Posted 02.26.2013 | Books
S.L. Scott

I write in the middle of the chaos of my living room. I stay up late to write in the serenity of the night and wake up early to squeeze in an hour of writing before my family awakens. I do these things because that is what I have to do to follow my passion and pursue my dreams.

Can Writers Today Become Authors?

Lianna Serko | Posted 01.27.2013 | College
Lianna Serko

I would love to write a novel. Well, actually, I would love to finish writing a novel.

On the Writer

Adrian Louis Chandler | Posted 01.27.2013 | Arts
Adrian Louis Chandler

Whether in journalism or fantasy, the writer finds the words that preexist and organize them into the correct marriage of vocabulary arrangement. The words are all there, I just have to put them in the right order.

Writing a Novel -- 140 Characters at a Time

Christopher Carter Sanderson | Posted 01.21.2013 | Books
Christopher Carter Sanderson

I'm a dramatist interested in form and my experiment is the novel written in 1000 tweets 140 characters each. It's @1000thenovel on Twitter.

Six Characters in Search of a Stenographer: Where Writers Get Their Ideas

Steven Paul Leiva | Posted 12.23.2012 | Books
Steven Paul Leiva

Good writers do not channel in from some higher plain, they are simply human creatures who have a talent for expression and a talent, as Noel Coward would have said, to amuse. Everything they write is an expression of their selfs.

One Novelist's Nightmare - Please Don't Forward to Your Friends

Linda Howard Urbach | Posted 11.17.2012 | Books
Linda Howard Urbach

This was my dream last night: I am riding my bicycle in New York City and I call my old agent and say: "My book is finished." In truth, in the dream, I've only written the first and last chapter but I want to get him "on board" early.

How College Move-In Day Is Like Writing A Novel

Amy Sue Nathan | Posted 11.07.2012 | Fifty
Amy Sue Nathan

I stared at the mess cargo while standing in my driveway before we left home, and it hit me how that tightly packed, carefully chosen, absolute catastrophe in the back of my SUV and his compact car somewhat resembled my work-in-progress.

Seduced Again. How Scrivener Stole My Heart and Left My Novel in the Lurch

Linda Howard Urbach | Posted 10.08.2012 | Books
Linda Howard Urbach

It made sense that I would turn to software in my time of need. I was going through a very rocky time with my novel. I had fallen out of love with it. (I even hated the chapter titles.) I was lonely, desperate and needy.

Romance Writers and the 50 Shades of Happy Endings

Elise Sax | Posted 09.21.2012 | Books
Elise Sax

Romance writers are supportive of each other. They are the Sisterhood of the Traveling Laptops, quick to lend a hand or writing tip to an up-and-coming author. They jump at the chance to encourage their colleagues. They are also fans.

Writers Versus Storytellers: An Epic Battle? Not Really.

Quora | Posted 09.07.2012 | Books

This post originally appeared on Quora. By Cristina Hartmann, Writer I've been rolling this question around in my mind for a while: why do c...

Writing the Inevitable but Unexpected

David Kudler | Posted 08.28.2012 | Books
David Kudler

Getting the justification right is every storyteller's goal, and one of the more challenging aspects of storytelling. Aristotle said that the end of an effective plot must be "unexpected but inevitable.

Why I'm Not Planning a 'Hunger Games' Knockoff

Lev Raphael | Posted 07.30.2012 | Books
Lev Raphael

I enjoy reading well-written books where there are earth-shattering secrets, a race against the clock, harrowing twists and turns, lives constantly under threat. But I don't have an itch to create one.

Writing About Writing

Zaki Hasan | Posted 07.23.2012 | Home
Zaki Hasan

Suddenly, I'm a writer who used to draw. How'd that happen? Like all skills, your abilities develop the more you do something, and atrophy the longer you're away. You want to be a writer? Write. Looking for inspiration as a writer? Write.

Sit Down. Shut Up. The Muse Will Come.

Ann Bauer | Posted 07.21.2012 | Books
Ann Bauer

Like every other published writer in the universe, people I meet at parties inevitably tell me they want to write. They launch into describing their novel or short story or business book idea and I break in gently (I hope) to ask, "When do you write?"

Chasing Shadows In Paris

M.J. Rose | Posted 07.17.2012 | Travel
M.J. Rose

She's a city for the all senses, for artists and writers and musicians and dreamers, for fantasies, for long walks and wine and lovers and, yes, for mysteries.

How I Wrote a Novel, And How You Can Too

Jim David | Posted 07.09.2012 | Books
Jim David

If you want to write a novel, here's what you do: write. Just write, with no worry or care about how it will come out.

"Soon to Be a Major Motion Picture"

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 07.07.2012 | Books
Robert J. Elisberg

This is a tale of perseverance and taking control of one's life. It's a look behind those so-glamorous curtains of Hollywood and New York book publishing, where the real world is totally different from how rosy it looks out front.