The leaves are changing in the northeast and there's a chill in the air. It can only mean one thing: You are about to devote yourself to the greatest writing fest ever scheduled during a month when you are also supposed to spend time with loved ones and eat turkey.
Yes indeed, National Novel Writing Month is nearly upon us once again! Are you going for it? Are you? Are you doing it? Do you hear the pestering in my voice?
Whether you are a first-timer or a veteran, the best advice I have to give you is in the pages of How to Write a Novel: 47 Rules for Writing a Stupendously Awesome Novel You Will Love Forever. Not only does it have all the tips and organization you need to write the best novel you possibly can, its bright orange cover doubles as a seasonal-appropriate piece of flair for your coffee table.
If you prefer your advice in blog form, I aim to please. Here's a selection of links for new novelists and veterans alike:
- How to choose an idea for a novel
- How to get started writing a novel
- How to find a writing style that works for you
- How to craft a great voice
- Do you have a plot?
- All about conflict
- What makes a great setting
- How to return to writing after a long break
- Sometimes the boring idea is best
- How to flesh out a character
- Seven keys to writing good dialogue
- Reversals in novels and movies
- Writing vs. storytelling