Learn the one true rule of writing. The rule which is absolutely inviolate and true:
1. Yea, Verily. You Must Sit Down and Write.
1a. Thou shalt not go see a movie instead. Or watch reality TV. Thou shalt write. No. Stop. You don’t need to clean out the fridge right now. Neither dost thou need to sort the recycling. I’m not even kidding. Go and write.
1b. Thou shalt not just think about writing. That is not writing. The worst unpublished novel of all-time is better than the brilliant idea you have in your head. Why? Because the worst novel ever is written down. That means it’s a book, while your idea is just an idle fancy.
1c. Thou shalt not read, either. I know it’s book-related, but it’s not actually writing. Yes, even if it’s a book about how to write. Yes, even if you’re doing research. You can research later. Sit. Down. Write.— Patrick Rothfuss, on breaking the rules of writing. (via lettersandlight)
Whole Lotta Plot
Hey, what’s happening? No, really — what’s happening in your book? It’s an important question and sometimes you don’t realize halfway through that you’ve neglected to answer it. But no worries, there are lots of ways to get your story straight.
(If you’d like to get daily blasts of inspiration like this through NaNoWriMo, sign up here: eepurl.com/qoRv1)
Your Inner Voice
Get Ahead Of Yourself
Congrats — NaNo has been going on for more than a week and you’re still in the game! But there’s a lot of book left to write, and odds are you may have fallen behind by a few words for a day or two. So use this weekend to catch up, or get ahead and earn some breathing room going into Week Two!
Build A Soundtrack
The Carpool Lane #NaNoPrep
It’s Tool Time!
We can all agree on the end goal of NaNo’s writing binge: a novel. But the road to that novel will be different for everyone, beginning with what tools you use to actually write the darn thing. Picking the right tools now will save you precious writing time once NaNo is officially underway.
Here’s a breakdown of the different options available to you this month, and a few tips & tricks to making the most of those tools to make your road to 50,000 as easy as possible!
(If you want to sign up to receive helpful/silly/inspiring e-mails like this every day of November, sign up here!)
Ready For NaNo?
You know how in cooking shows chefs make five-star gourmet meals in 30 minutes by tossing seventy different pre-measured ingredients into the pan? Well with NaNo just a couple days away, now is the time to surround yourself with all the necessary ingredients to make one badass
soufflé novel in 30 days!
Here are some things you’ll want to have ready before you begin the NaNo sprint.
A friend showed me these lyrics written by an anonymous source and I super obviously had to share them (with permission). And so, to the tune of Lorde’s “Royals”, I hope this makes you crack up and weep like I did:
i’ve never seen a contract in the flesh
i subbed two books and got real drunk
on this whiskey
and i’m not proud of my requests
from a big six house
they’ll never read it
but every tweet’s like new deals
i don’t care
i’m just tearing out my goddamn hair
and i’ll never be published
it don’t run in my blood
the pm listings ain’t for us
i may eventually self-pub
there will never be book deals
my agent will fire me
and baby i’ll drink
(i’ll drink i’ll drink i’ll drink)
i will live that tragedy
my friends all seem to have cracked the code
major deals follow them around
and everyone who knows me knows
that i’m fine with it
i’ll just die a pauper
but everybody’s like
six figures and a movie
optioned for cable tv
i don’t care
i’m writing bestsellers in my dreams
and i’ll never be published…