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Novel Inspiration

What Inspires Authors to Write Their Novels?

Wendy Webb | Posted 06.09.2013 | Books
Wendy Webb

Ask any group of authors what inspired them to write their novels, and you'll get a collection of answers as different as the books themselves.

The Making of a Novel: Considering Art and Commerce

Jennie Nash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jennie Nash

In last week's post, I talked about a friend who abandoned a novel at the 11th hour because she felt it wasn't quite right. It was interesting to read...

The Making of a Novel: What Motivates

Jennie Nash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jennie Nash

I just had lunch with a student who has just completed a final polished draft of his memoir. He couldn't stop smiling and I couldn't stop smiling, because writing and polishing that many pages of a story is a huge accomplishment.

The Making of a Novel: Polling the Experts

Jennie Nash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jennie Nash

Last week, I did a book signing at a Holiday Gift fair at a local school. A local bookseller had a table of great gift-giving books laid out, and I sat in front of a stack of my three novels, ready to personalize them for anyone who wanted one.

The Making of a Novel: I Would Never Do NaNoWriMo, But I'm Still a Huge Fan

Jennie Nash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jennie Nash

Thanks to my time writing on planes this weekend, I hit 50 pages on my novel, or 13,689 words. I've been working on these pages for more than a month,...

5 Reasons to Summarize a Novel You Haven't Yet Written (and 4 Places to Learn How to Do It)

Jennie Nash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Jennie Nash

Last night, I worked on writing a one-sentence summary of my new book. Everyone was out of the house and I set the timer for an hour just to write tha...

Where Do Writers Get Their Ideas?

Jennie Nash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Jennie Nash

People always ask writers where they get their ideas, because the process seems like such a mystery. I think finding an idea has everything to do wit...