Nanowrimo - Junowrimo

Yes, it's Nanowrimo time!

The goal of National Novel Writing Month is to bash through 50,000 words of a novel in a single month.

I could not be more supportive of this idea – it gives focus and a nice juicy competitive edge to an endeavor that can seem completely overwhelming when you’re facing it all on your own.

But as everyone who reads this blog knows, I’m not a big fan of sitting down and typing Chapter One at the top of a blank screen and seeing what comes out from there. It may be fine – but it may be a disaster, or something even worse than a disaster – an unfinished book. And it doesn’t have to be.

If you’re going to put a month aside to write 50,000 words, doesn’t it make a little more sense to have worked out the outline, or at least an overall roadmap, before June 1?

Because even if you never look at that prep work again, your brilliant subconscious mind will have been working on it for you for a whole month. Let’s face it – we don’t do this mystical thing called writing all by ourselves, now, do we?

So this dedicated page is where I'll you can find links to the Nano Prep blogs I've done, in order, so that you can use the month of May to prep for Junowrimo.


And if you'd like some in-depth help, the writing workbooks based on this blog, Screenwriting Tricks for Authors and Writing Love, Screenwriting Tricks for Authors, II, are available for just $3.99 and $2.99.  


The long-awaited PRINT textbook of my Screenwriting Tricks for Authors workshop is now available, for $14.99 print, $3.99 ebook:

 


STEALING HOLLYWOOD ebook    
STEALING HOLLYWOOD US print  
STEALING HOLLYWOOD print, all countries







And I must say this book turned out beautifully – it’s  a nice big 8 x 10 workbook, so well laid out! And it even lies flat for easy highlighting and scribbling in margins. 

This book updates all the text in the first Screenwriting Tricks for Authors ebook with all the many tricks I’ve learned over my last few years of writing and teaching—and doubles the material of the first book, as well as adding six more full story breakdowns.

There’s also a companion ebook that you can buy separately – or can get for just $1.99 as a Kindle Matchbook if you buy the print workbook. But let’s face it–I know print is what people have been waiting for.

And if you're a romance writer, or have a strong love plot or subplot in your novel or script, then Writing Love: Screenwriting Tricks II is an expanded version of the first workbook with a special emphasis on love stories, and more full story breakdowns.



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Alex


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NANOWRIMO PREP POSTS


      - First, you need an idea 

      - The Master List

      - What's Your Premise?

      - The Three-Act, Eight-Sequence Structure

      - Elements of Act One

      - Act I Breakdown:  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

      - Act II: What's the PLAN?

       - Elements of Act Two

       - Midpoint


       - Elements of Act Two, Part 2

       - Elements of Act Three

       - What Makes a Great Climax?

      - Guides and prompts for the month


NANOWRIMO NOW WHAT?  - REWRITING

      - Nanowrimo Now What?

      - Somrthing Has to Happen


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October is Nanowrimo PREP month!

November is Nanowrimo – National Novel Writing Month. As explained at the official site here, and here and here, the goal of Nanowrimo is to bash through 50,000 words of a novel in a single month.

I could not be more supportive of this idea – it gives focus and a nice juicy competitive edge to an endeavor that can seem completely overwhelming when you’re facing it all on your own. Through peer  pressure and the truly national - and now international - focus on the event, Nanowrimo forces people to commit. It’s easy to get caught up in and carried along by the writing frenzy of tens of thousands – or maybe by now hundreds of thousands - of “Wrimos.” And I’ve met and heard of lots of novelists, like Carrie Ryan (The Forest of Hands and Teeth) Sara Gruen (Water For Elephants), and Lisa Daily (The Dreamgirl Academy) who started novels during Nanowrimo that went on to sell, sometimes sell big.

Nanowrimo works.

But as everyone who reads this blog knows, I’m not a big fan of sitting down and typing Chapter One at the top of a blank screen and seeing what comes out from there. It may be fine – but it may be a disaster, or something even worse than a disaster – an unfinished book. And it doesn’t have to be.

I’m always asked to do Nanowrimo “pep talks”. These are always in the month of November.

That makes no sense to me.

I mean, I’m happy to do it, but mid-November is way too late for that kind of thing. What people should be asking me, and other authors that they ask to do Nano support, is Nano PREP talks.

If you’re going to put a month aside to write 50,000 words, doesn’t it make a little more sense to have worked out the outline, or at least an overall roadmap, before November 1? I am pretty positive that in most cases far more writing, and far more professional writing, would get done in November if Wrimos took the month of October – at LEAST - to really think out some things about their story and characters, and where the whole book is going. It wouldn’t have to be the full-tilt-every-day frenzy that November will be, but even a half hour per day in October, even fifteen minutes a day, thinking about what you really want to be writing would do your potential novel worlds of good.

Because even if you never look at that prep work again, your brilliant subconscious mind will have been working on it for you for a whole month. Let’s face it – we don’t do this mystical thing called writing all by ourselves, now, do we?

So once again, I'm going to do a Nano prep series and hopefully get some people not just to commit to Nano this year, but to give them a chance to really make something of the month.

I'll put new posts on the main page of this blog, but this dedicated page is where I'll list links to all the Nano Prep blogs I've done, in order.

And if you'd like some in-depth help with your prep, the writing workbooks based on this blog, Screenwriting Tricks for Authors and Writing Love, Screenwriting Tricks for Authors, II, are available for just $3.99 and $2.99.


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