How to do NaNoWriMo; write a (good) book in a month

nanowrimoNational November Writing Month is on us again. It’s that time of year when you shake your head and wonder what the hell you’ve done with your writing year when you haven’t got even one of the ideas in your head vaguely finished, before you remember that real life has a habit of sneaking in…

One solution might be to join NaNoWriMo. It’s an event that helps to encourage you to write a book – from scratch – with hundreds of thousands of other people around the world. This way, you might just finish. Your aim is to write 50,000 words. That’s only 1,667 words per day…Continue Reading

“Write a book in 30 days” with The Guardian

wordle_jan24The Guardian ran a series in 2012 on how to go about the planning of writing a book. Even if you don’t think you can do it in the suggested 30 days (!), the advice they offer before beginning is great, covering brainstorming, character sketches, research and plot development. You can find the series on the Guardian website here – it may be a useful tool for nanowrimo too.