NaNoWriMo is the short hand term for National Novel Writing Month. People across the nation dedicate all their free time to write 50,000 words during the month of November each year. There are thirty days in November, so that means writers have a goal to write 1,667 words per day. Today is November 3 … have you written 5,000 words yet?! That’s about 10 pages of typed words in 12 pt font.
Have you done NaNoWriMo before? Are you doing it this year? If so, what was it like? Did you stay on target? Write in and share your experiences!
Here are some books that offer advice to authors, new and experienced. Look through these books and others available through the Rice Lake Public Library.
Sin and Syntax: How to Create Wickedly Effective Prose
by Constance Hale
This is advice for those desiring a review of the basic elements of effective writing. It begins by explaining the building blocks of grammar: nouns, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, etc. Then it builds upon this understanding to create effective sentences. The book concludes with several final chapters that discuss tone, rhythm, and melody through sentence variety.
A Writer’s Guide to Fiction
by Elizabeth Lyon
This book is a brief introduction to creating writing. Separate chapters guide the novice writer through the basics of fiction. These chapters include information about creating believable characters, setting the scene, and mapping out the order of events. It includes information on troubleshooting the narration, setting, or characterization as well. Finally, it ends with some information on marketing your work to publishers.
The Writer’s Market is the most trusted resource for finding information on the publishing market. It lists publishing houses and editors, and includes information on how to locate an agent and navigate the legalities of book contracts.