I think it's safe to say that most fiction writers are dreamers. We talk to our imaginary friends in the shower, sketch out maps for our make-believe worlds, learn to speak our own fictional languages, and develop wild histories that often don't even make it into our finished manuscripts. So naturally, we imagine equally fantastic circumstances for our futures. And today, I'm going to share my top three author pipe dreams with you.
In the Finger Lakes Region of New York, there exists a tiny town that is home to approximately 2,200 people. Nestled in a valley beside a lovely (if not somewhat sea-weedy) lake, my town boasts it's very own park, post office, pizza shop, (and if you count the neighboring tiny town, population: 2,500) dive bar, and convenience store. And now, they have their very own author ... who writes some really weird shit.
After you've spent months churning out a novel, the thought of condensing it down into a few short paragraphs for the back of your book may feel a little bit daunting. But you can actually create a quick draft of your book blurb relatively early in the publishing process. There are just a few things you'll need.
A few weeks ago during a particularly nasty bout of (dare I say it?) writer's block, I stepped back and spent some time analyzing my outline process. To be clear, I'm a natural "pantser," but if you want to publish novels on any sort of regular basis, at some point, you're just going to have to break down and work on your outlines. So, I did. And in so doing, I developed the skeleton for a W.I.P. Workbook.
It's week eight of the self-publishing process, and by now, you should be around -- or even slightly past -- the midpoint of your novel. If not, don't panic. You haven't finalized your release date yet, so it's okay if you end up moving things around a little. Still, you'll want to make sure that all of your social media outlets are up and running before you set your release date to help build hype and to give you a sense for the community you'll be joining.
Welcome to week 1 of "How to Write and Publish Your First Novel"! Last week we talked a little bit about the importance of precursors, like deciding whether you're a hobbyist or a career writer, setting a tentative publication date for your goals, and creating your author website. Now, it's time to get planning!
Yesterday, I finished the last major revisions on my novel, Pieces of Pink; and honestly, I kind of feel like a super villain. Unfortunately, the part of my brain that takes care of prose has checked out, and the librarians say it's not due back until Christmas.
This month, hundreds of thousands of writers will sit down (or stand up, or sprawl out) and try to pump out 50,000 words in 30 days; and we call this masochism NaNoWriMo. Try to write as much as you can ... before morale fades. My Game Plan To be honest, I'm going to be a… Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2019: Ready, Set, Write!