Monday 31 October 2011

NaNoWriMo: Are you out of your freakin' mind?

In light of November 1st and the overwhelming slash nail-biting slash just-what-the-f-am-I-doing start of this 30 day marathon of literary abandon, I thought to wrap up a number of blog postings and references which explain and support this personal (read: self-inflicted) challenge.

NaNoWriMo: Write a novel in 1 month?
This is it, the original go for broke 30 day trial.

Assembly Line Writing
Writing in a hurry is stupid? Laughing all the way to the bank?

On Writing by Stephen King
Penned by the master himself, this book is part biography, part technical manual about the craft of writing.

James Patterson
Q: What do you say to critics like author Stephen King who say you are not a great prose stylist?
A: I am not a great prose stylist. I'm a storyteller. There are thousands of people who don't like what I do. Fortunately, there are millions who do.

Holly Lisle
This moment started exactly 25 years ago today, when in my diary I wrote, “Before I turn 25, I want to write a book.” 25 years later, I’ve written 33 novels (plus one I did anonymously as work for hire), am working on a couple more, and intend to keep writing novels as long as I live.

NaNoWriMo: Hopeful or hopeless?
[Some inspirational links and videos]
As flippant as it sounds, I'm getting the idea that success is tied up in the slogan from Nike: Just do it! No quibbling, no discussion, no angst about your inner struggle. Just do it. Or maybe in some cases, it needs a little emphasis: Just f**king do it.

NaNoWriMo and an inspiring author: Dean Wesley Smith
I "discovered" this gentleman back in March and found him to be a prolific, disciplined craftsman. It seemed appropriate to reprint the article as a run-up to the month of November when many give themselves the personal challenge of doing the unthinkable: write 50,000 words in 30 days.

November: It was a dark and stormy night...
The perfect opening line for one of the duller months of the year: 30 days of somberness between the sparkling heat of summer and the snowy cold of winter. Charles M. Schulz hasn't been with us since 2000 and even though his comic strip Peanuts is still republished, is the next generation familiar with these words? I am dating myself by the number of times I have seen Snoopy the writer on top of his doghouse pounding out that opening line on his typewriter in mock homage to Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton PC. November? Snoopy? Bulwer-Lytton? Is everybody confused by this mishmash of seemingly random ideas?

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Other stuff

Writing: November Challenges
Some of the various things you can do in the month of November.

Amanda Hocking: indie author goes viral

Kindle E-books Overtake Paper Books

Writing: Stories in tweets

Dean Wesley Smith: Dean of Star Trek

Gay male romance for women maybe this doesn't help writers

Book Trailers

Writing: Stories in tweets


NaBloPoMo: National Blog Posting Month
Yep, the trial of blogging.

Writing: Less is more: the drabble
Flash fiction? Ficly? Drabble? 55 fiction? Brevity is art!

Blogging: Just another drop in the bucket

Blogging: Using Google as a research tool

Blogging: Does crossposting increase traffic?

Writing for Blogging for Money for a Living

One Million Words


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