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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Tips on Writing a Novel in a Month

Hello Fellow Writers!

Yesterday I worked on my plot for "Snowed in with a Millionaire" along with the chapter I am adding to "The Movie Star's Very Personal Assistant." The plotting is going slowly still. I'm dying here. As for the chapter for "Movie Star", I am trying to write it in the same way that I will be doing NaNoWriMo next month - by writing without stopping to edit. Normally I edit quite a bit as I go so this is a huge deal for me, to turn off my inner editor.

Right now I'm reading a Silhouette Desire book by Emilie Rose called "Bedding the Secret Heiress". It's part of a series she wrote called "The Hightower Affairs". I'm enjoying it even though I'm not super interested in planes and the heroine is a pilot who thinks and talks about flying pretty much non stop. Even her inner dialogue has her comparing everything to her flying experiences! Either Ms. Rose is also a pilot or (more likely) she did a bunch of research for this book, which is cool. I'm still having a hard time figuring out if I should be targeting Silhouette Desire or Harlequin Presents for my books.

This young lady participated in NaNoWriMo in the past and is kindly sharing her tips with us. note, THIS IS NOT ME. I don't even know her name other than it's probably Blythe, going by her YouTube name. Still, her tips make sense. Let's Go, NaNo!

So, to recap:
  • Don't delete anything - save that for revisions
  • Jump around - you don't have to write your scenes in order if you don't want to
  • Dares and prompts - visit NaNoWriMo.org for challenges to help you write
  • Plot ninjas are your friends - add a twist to keep you going
  • Be competitive - try to beat a friend's daily word count
  • Let it be a first draft. It doesn't have to be perfect, that's what revising is for.
Today I will work a bit on both books again, at least for an hour or so while DH continues the upstairs bathroom renovation. We're leaving the house in a few hours to have my parents watch the baby so we can go see "Law Abiding Citizen", which stars Gerard Butler. I loved him "Phantom of the Opera" and also "The Ugly Truth" with Katherine Heigl. Yummy, huh.

Wish me luck and good luck to you too!

Yours Truly,
Shoshanna Evers

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