Apparently everyone has a book in them. But can you write that 50,000 word book in one month? That’s the NaNoWriMo challenge. Need some help and/or inspiration? We’ve got you covered!
A Passion for Narrative, by Jack Hodgins
Canadian writer and teacher Jack Hodgins offers advice, examples, and exercises to help you develop your narrative skills – both writing it, and reading it.
From Where You Dream, by Robert Olen Butler
Butler is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, and this title is a series of lectures that capture his approach to writing, which he teaches in his creative writing class – also known as “Literary Boot Camp,” due to its (and Butler’s) intensity. His method is very prescribed, and some have described it as a bit dogmatic, but his advice has nevertheless been invaluable to many aspiring writers.
Ultimate Guide to Writing Advice, by signature-reads.com
Or, if those titles are a little too weighty for the approaching end-of-the-month deadline, try the Ultimate Guide to Writing Advice. It’s a free 23-page eBook from Signature Reads, featuring tips on creating an effective writing routine, banishing writers’ block, and insights from 12 award-winning authors.
Looking for help writing a specific genre? Try one of these:
Writing Mysteries, by Margaret Lucke
Writing Romance, by Vanessa Grant
Writing Science Fiction & Fantasy, by Crawford Killian
Writing Historical Fiction, by Rhona Martin
Or, check out our Lynda.com resource for professional video tutorials to help you write, produce, and publish your book! Lynda.com has thousands of video courses and tutorials on a wide variety of creative, business, and technical topics, taught by industry professionals (who are also awesome teachers!). Lynda.com is accessible for free, from home, with your library card (to North Van City residents only though!).
Log in to Lynda.com through nvcl.ca first, and then try one of these courses:
- Writing Fundamentals: the craft of story
- Distributing & Marketing eBooks
- eBook Publishing Fundamentals
- Creating ePub ebooks
- Creating iBooks eBooks
And what are you going to do after you’ve finished your 50,000-word masterpiece? Get some help navigating the publishing and self-publishing worlds:
Also, if you just need some quiet, dedicated writing time during NaNoWriMo, there are even local write-ins you can attend. The closest one to us here on the North Shore is our friends over at Vancouver Public Library Central Branch – check out the sessions they’re hosting here.
Good luck, and happy writing!