They say everyone has a unique story to tell, and a novel that only they can write. This email is filled with advice for anyone who is embarking on, or currently in a successful career in publishing. You may wish to write in the academic field, as I have with The Dangerous Philosophies of Michael Jackson: His Music, His Persona, and His Artistic Afterlife, or in fiction, as with my Sacerdos Mysteries series, with a fourth book coming out in December.
Nanowrimo for Beginners
National Novel Writing Month (http://nanowrimo.org/) is an amazing space online where, for the month of November, tens of thousands of writers around the world commit to the challenge of writing a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. It was during a nanowrimos event that I wrote the first half of my fiction book, Ripe Earth, for which I received two publishing deal offers. Here are some of the ways it could help you get your writing project off the ground:
The thirty day time-frame is great because so many of us thrive on deadlines and goals because they help us to stay focused.This also means we won’t have the time to second-guess ourselves and perfectionism loses its place in slowing us down.
2. 50,000 Goal
While this goal may seem challenging, the truth is that we don’t really need unlimited time to get our creative projects moving. All we really need is consistency.
One of the best ways to get focused is by having a clear sense of how much you have done each day. Nanowrimo’s website has a special counter, in which you can log your words every day. This also helps you to stay on track.
Writers thrive in positive creative company, and in nanowrimo, you’ll find lots of opportunity to write with others, both virtually and physically. I had a wonderful time when I went to a write-in at a London cafe. It isn’t true that creative people have to compete, we can support one another instead. Creativity loves company.