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It’s not possible to write a novel in a month. Is It?

I’m glad you asked that. Yes, it is possible to write a book in a month. But first, have you ever asked yourself some of the following questions?

  • Have you had the desire to write the next great American Novel?
  • How about writing a novel that will influence people?
  • How about writing a crime drama?
  • How about writing a comedic journey?
  • Have you wanted to write great stories of passion and heroism?
  • Have you ever wanted to see if you could write a novel?

If you’ve ever thought any of those things and writing a book is your goal, the next National Novel Writing Month – November 2014, is approaching fast.

In the writing world we call the month of November, NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month, and the challenge is to write a 50,000-word book in 30 days. Sound impossible. Not so. I myself have written two books during the last two years. One is in the editing process right now before I start shopping it around to publishers.

You might ask,How can I possibly write a book in a month?” How can I accomplish such a Herculean feat?

Simple answer: One day at a time, one word at a time.

There’s got to be some story idea burning in your soul itching to get out, and you’re the only one who can tell it. Writing a novel in a month’s time doesn’t equate a perfected book ready for publication, but it’s a start, a time to put down on paper what you’ve been thinking about for months, if not years, follow characters you’ve created on journeys that exist only in your head.

But you might ask yourself, “I’m not really a writer, or I’m just new to the business of writing, how do I get started?”

For me it was something I had to think out before I started putting fingers to keys. I’m not a plotter, one who has to make sure the novel is planned scene-by-scene so they can envision the face of their reader as the shock of the next scene smacks into them. No. I’m not that kind of writer.

I’m a pantser, a fancy term for one who writes by the seat of their pants. I don’t plot out each chapter, each scene to the very end of the book. I have a general idea where I want to go, but I allow the characters themselves to dictate where we’re headed. Sometimes I’m as shocked by what flows through my fingers as I know my readers will be. I’ve written all my novels by the pantser method, and I have ten completed manuscripts and two more nearly ready for publication to show for it.

So yeah, I know NaNoWriMo can work. I’m a living testimony of that.

Something happened last year when I began to write a story of a fireman who falls in love with a nurse and is betrayed by her when she chooses to marry someone else. What I wish I had done in advance was my research. I didn’t know anything about fireman – their living quarters, trucks, equipment, clothing, ranks, etc. Neither did I know much about nurses – their training, their knowledge regarding diseases, therapy and surgery. It would have been nice to have  had that research prepared before I curled my fingers over my keyboard.

This year I’m going to get exciting pre-writing help from my friend and book coach, Beth Barany. She and her writer/teacher husband, Ezra Barany are offering a month-long training to get prepared to write a novel in November, and I’m going to be taking their challenge.

Prepare for Nanowrimo. Oct 2014 30-Day Writing Challenge.

I know this sounds like an ad, and you’d be right. It is an ad for something that will assist you in getting your feet wet before you plunge into the deep, dark pool of writing. If you’ve hung back on the edge fearing you might drown by being thrown into the deep end before you knew how to paddle, this is your opportunity to learn how to swim. Beth has the authoritative ability to take people who only dream of being a writer and turn them into a great writer by giving them the tools to live the dream. She can turn you into the “Michael Phelps” of writing.

But it’s time for you to trust yourself to jump into the water.

Of course, you don’t need to have help to write a novel in 30 days, but what if you could write a novel worthy of your dreams, wouldn’t you take the plunge?

I invited you to stick your toe into the writing water and get wet. Join us!

Join Beth’s 30 Day Writing Challenge for Novelists. 

Why did I become a writer?

Sometimes I just want to sit with my head in my hands and moan. “Where is my writing career headed since I don’t have the spark or energy to keep going?” That’s when the other part of me, the more sensible, compassionate, understanding part grips the negative part of me by the back of the collar and, shaking gently, says, “You didn’t choose to write as a career path. It hand-picked you!”

I raised my head and stopped my murmuring. “What the–?” I asked my other half. “But how? I don’t remember writing coming by my house and kicking in the door. I was just taking an intro English writing course at the local community college with no plans to write anything but a boring blog nobody read but me. I wrote non-sense articles, minding my peas and cucumbers. It was like my journal. No stress. No success.”

But the part of me who knows better, I’ll call her Hope, shook her half of my head. “You silly goose. You’ve always had the makings of a writer; you just didn’t want to believe you could.”

Believe. Believe I could. That’s powerful stuff.

I’d been so busy cruising through life on mediocre speed; I’d missed the call from my muse – Hope. So I cuffed my hand to my ear and listened. I had to really concentrate. No distractions.

At first I heard only the annoying springtime bird, some call it a Northern Mockingbird, that delights in belting out his obnoxious serenade at midnight, around the time I’m trying to drift into dreamland. Then my neighbor’s pool equipment made some sucking, gurgling noises and I knew he’d let the level of his pool water get too low. I heard an airplane just taking off or returning to the local airport and wondered if they loved flying up through the clouds above the green, growing farm area we live in. I strained, leaned closer, cupped my ear tighter. But I couldn’t hear my muse.

No. Wait! I heard something. It was like the singing down in Whoville. It started in “low then started to grow.” It was Hope’s voice – the voice of an angel – soft and sweet.Hope “You’ve always been a writer,” she sang. “Believe in your voice and your wisdom. Trust the thoughts you were blessed with. Listen to the melody of your characters who are begging for the chance to change the world with their stories of struggle and triumph. You can change the world one reader at a time.”

My gut started to stutter, and not from eating way too many slices of pizza. This was the real-deal, the earth-shattering kind of change the kind, the starts building in the souls of your feet and doesn’t stop until it pops the top of your head off with ideas. “Wow!” I shouted. “I can feel it!”

Hope took my half of our face between both of our hands and looked me in our eyes. “Just like Dorothy Gale who learned that wanting something wasn’t enough. You have to make things happen. You have to plan, make lists, suffer through set-backs, wade through critique comments, overcome self-doubt, and throw off bad advice from people who don’t have your best interests at heart.” She smiled at me with our dark gray-blue eyes and our generous mouth. “Trust you. Trust your writing. Is it perfect? Absolutely not. Will it get better? You can cash that check at the ATM.” She grinned with the more balanced side of our mouth. “You don’t call me Hope for no reason. You’ll always have Hope.”

I thought about that for a long time. I did have my angel of muse – my Hope, but I’d forgotten to listen to her sweet counsel.

Are you like me?

Do you sometimes fret and endure frustrations when you consider your career, be it writing or digging ditches? Something burns within you – something the world needs. We just have to believe.

Tell me what you want, what you desire most in your life.

Share with me your passion, because sharing makes our passions grow as we help one another.

2014 Our Writing Process Blog Hop

00WriterSINTRODUCTION:  Writer’s write, that’s what we do. Find out why and how in this new Blog Hop for 2014:

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I’ve found the hardest part about writing a book and having it published, it not the writing and publishing, it’s the marketing. How can I find a fun way to get the word out about my book and my upcoming published works and help support my fellow writers?

Then my good friend and mentor, Beth Barany introduced the idea of a blog hop. As she describes it, “a sort of treasure hunt where you get to go from writer to writer,” reading about the things they treasure.

I want to give credit and applause where kudos are due to my friend, book coach and fantasy romance writer extrodinaire, Beth Barany. Her blog Writer’s Fun Zone is a fantastic place to discuss the topic of writing.  And her FREE magazine Author Entrepreneurship  is dedicated to helping authors build their businesses as well as strengthening their writing muscles.

In today’s post, we’re answering questions about our writing process. See what makes me tick as a writer:

1) What is Carol working on currently or just finished?

I just published my first Fight Card novel. You might ask yourself, why would a women write in a man’s genre? Well, you’ll have to read it to find out why I’m passionate about sports and romance. I do love to write historical pulp sports fiction and published my book last September. The paperback will be coming out on my birthday, February 14th.

To see if I’m any good at the genre, I’ll refer to two of my reviews and see what they had to say about my first book Fight Card Romance: Ladies Night:

“Jill Tunney, a pseudonym for Carol Malone pens a combination of nerve-racking tension, thrilling action, and an engaging love story that kept me up until the wee hours. Additionally, the characters are all very strong and exhibit character development throughout the book. Carol Malone has crafted delightful characters whose charm made the hours pass swiftly by.”

“Oh…and I’m sure you’ll be impressed with the accuracy of the lingo for the time and place. I felt like I’d been transported back in time.”

I just finished a 1940s baseball novella that takes place in the southern Texas. A struggling player from Boston faces the challenge of getting back on the horse as well as the tremendous difficulty of deciphering what the Texican’s are saying. I just submitted this story for a pulp fiction anthology to be published in the summer.

Right now I’m shifting gears to write on a contemporary “sweet” romance featuring a fireman working hard to become a paramedic. He must decide if he can give his trust and his heart to his once best friend and childhood sweetheart who broke said heart by marrying the bad boy of their high school.

2) How does Carol’s work differ from others of its genre?

I’ve read some of the other fireman novels out there, but his work gets lost in the sexually charged relationship between him and the heroine. I want to focus on what really happens in a fireman’s life, the dangers he faces and how he feels about saving lives. Woven through the novel is an emotional tension between him and the heroine instead of a sexual one. This is a novel where sex doesn’t drive the book forward.

3) Why does Carol write what she does?

I write because the mere act of writing fills a need in me that no other activity ever can. I love being able to create characters from the vivid images in my head. Some of these characters I made up while making the long drive between Southern California and Las Vegas. That’s a lot of desert to cover, so I’ve come up with a lot of characters and written a lot of manuscripts because of those stories circulating in my brain.

4) How does Carol’s writing process work?

When I worked full-time, I wrote consistently. Now that I’m home to write full-time, I struggle with the pull of useless, mind-numbing TV, until I watch something and say, “I could write something better than that.” Then I’m inspired to get on the stick again. I love the National Novel Writing Month that takes place every November. There’s nothing I like better than a throw-down challenge.

Now on to the next wonderful writers on this blog hop. Be sure to visit their sites and give them some love. Say hello, subscribe/follow/stalk, but get to know them and their books and find out why they write what they write. Their own “Writing Process” posts will be up soon where they will feature other writers:

 

AUTHOR, M.S. KAYE
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00MSKayeWEBSITE:  www.BooksByMSK.com

Bio: M.S. Kaye has multiple published books under her Black Belt. She resides with her husband Corey in Jacksonville, FL, where she does her best not to melt in the sun. Find suspense and the unexpected at her website. Her book “ONCE” tells the story of a young woman who falls for a man about to enter the priesthood, and both of their lives change. He is her first and also her  Once.   Amazon   Barnes & Noble   JupiterGardensPress

In her second book, FIGHT PRINCESS: A high society princess fights in an underground ring. Amazon   iBooks(iTunes)   Barnes & Noble  Liquid Silver Books

STRONG AS DEATH is about a teenage girl finds that her father is a 19th-century gentleman ghost will be available soon from Jupiter Gardens Press! And ENDLESS AS THE RAIN: Did Alec kidnap Adriane or save her? Adriane must discover the truth about his past. And her own. Will be available soon from Wild Child Publishing!

 

AUTHOR, SARAH HEGGER

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00SarahHeggerWEBSITE: http://sarahhegger.com

Bio: Born British and raised in South Africa, Sarah Hegger suffers from an incurable case of wanderlust. Her match? A hot Canadian engineer, whose marriage proposal she accepted six short weeks after they first met. Together they’ve made homes in seven different cities across three different continents (and back again once or twice). If only it made her multilingual, but the best she can manage is idiosyncratic English, fluent Afrikaans, conversant Russian, pigeon Portuguese, even worse Zulu and enough French to get herself into trouble. Mimicking her globe trotting adventures, Sarah’s career path began as a gainfully employed actress, drifted into public relations, settled a moment in advertising, and eventually took root in the fertile soil of her first love, writing.

She also moonlights as a wife and mother. She currently lives in Draper, Utah, with her teenage daughters, two Golden Retrievers and aforementioned husband. Part footloose buccaneer, part quixotic observer of life, Sarah’s restless heart is most content when reading or writing books.

 

AUTHOR, Carol Burnside

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00CarolBurnsideWEBSITE: http://carolburnside.com/

Bio: Carol Burnside is an award-winning author traditionally published in short stories. Five of her novel length, contemporary romance manuscripts have placed in numerous RWA chapter contests and won five, including the prestigious Maggie Award for Excellence. Her personal second-chance-at-love story resulted in a marriage to her high school sweetheart of thirty-plus years. They reside in northern Arkansas, where Carol enjoys the Ozark foothills from her office windows and drinks sweet iced tea year round.

Also writing as Annie Rayburn, Carol produces speculative, erotic romance with a humanoid race living openly among us in present day. No matter what she’s writing, Carol/Annie loves hearing from her readers. Subscribe to her newsletter and connect with her online. Browse her website for blog posts, social media links, excerpts, review snippits, and more about her sexy characters.

 

AUTHOR, ANDREA R. COOPER

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00AndreaRCooperWEBSITE: http://andrearcooperauthorblog.wordpress.com/

Bio: Andrea has always created characters and stories. But it wasn’t until she was in her late twenties that she started writing novels. What happened that ignited the writing flame in her fingers? Divorced, and disillusioned by love songs and stories. They exaggerate. She thought. Love and Romance are not like that in the real world. Then she met her husband and realized, yes love and romance are exactly like the songs and stories say. She is now a happy wife, and a mom to three kids (two boys and a girl).

Andrea writes paranormal and historical romance. When not writing or reading, one may find Andrea dancing in Zumba. She believes in the power of change and counting each moment as a blessing. But most importantly, she believes in love. Both of her novels are on a Valentine’s Day Sale at $1.99 Amazon/Kindle for the entire month of February? Including all 2012 & 2013 Crimson Romance ebook titles.

 

AUTHOR, BILLIE MAVERICK, a.k.a. JANET JENNINGS

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00JJJenningsaWEBSITE: http://www.billiemaverick.com

Bio:  When I was ten, I asked my mother for a typewriter.

I knew that it would probably be difficult for her to get because we were living on a fixed income. I knew not to get my hopes up about receiving this special request, but I kept envisioning having my very own typewriter; to create my stories at the pace that I was hearing and seeing them in my mind. So imagine my utter surprise when she presented to me a heavy, gray colored portable typewriter. God, it was antiquated,..but I loved it! That was the first time I started dreaming. Dreaming of being a fiction writer. After spending most of my adult life working for others, getting older and not having any real enjoyment out of my life, I finally caved in and started to pursue my dreams of being an entrepreneur and entertain the populace with my fiction.

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