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Publishing News Roundup Series: How to Utilize Tools to be a NaNoWriMo Rebel

by Maureen Crisp •  November 8, 2017  •   Follow

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NaNoWriMo tools are useful for all writing. So why not use them all the time?

Writers take November to utilize quality writing time. However, applying these tools to writing year round can help you get any writing done by deadline. Apply the tools for writing a blog, writing a speech, even writing quality, organized memos. Improving your writing skills with NaNoWriMo tools can improve your time management and help you become a better writer overall.


November Madness

Pic: Flickr  CreativeCommons – J E Theriot– Who remembers this happening in typing class?


Hello November,


It’s NaNoWriMo! The twitter feed fills up with great posts on craft and motivation and freaked out writers. This year, I told myself, will be the year I finally manage to complete the challenge. Day One – Tick, Day Two- gulp. My husband thinks I’m crazy because I’ve got to write a 40 minute presentation for an award ceremony at the end of the month.* I thought about using NaNo for the presentation but writing non fiction is HARD! So I’m cracking into Book 3 of my Space series… yeah…. um…  Elizabeth Spann Craig has a great post on being a NaNoWriMo Rebel. This is when you use the tools and do some other writing… (hmmm maybe I can add up all the words I write each day….) Now Novel has an excellent breakdown on planning your NaNo project. It’s so good it should be put away to use for every book project.


This week Stealing From The Author was the topic of the week. Maggie Stiefvater wrote a candid look at how piracy has affected her booksales and the implications for the writer. This is a must read so you can use the arguments to educate young people who don’t see anything wrong with book piracy.


Passive Guy, who is a lawyer in his day job, wrote about a young Internet entrepreneur’s reaction when a photographer sued him forcopyright breach. If it’s on the Internet it must be free to use….  (shakes head sadly…)


Kris Rusch has detailed some very shady dealings practiced by TV and film companies when negotiating rights to film your work. This was eye opening to me. If you hope to be in the position to sell these rights for your own work you MUST read this. (Stops to think grand thoughts about NaNoWriMo project.)


This week I got an email from a content provider. This isn’t unusual, most weeks I get these fishing emails that tell me they read something on my blog… and they want to guest post. I usually delete them… because they haven’t read my blog but this one was different. First they said they had come across an article I had linked to…(ho hum I thought) but then they went on to say it had given them the idea to do a new and expanded version. I took a look and WOW. This is a comprehensive collection of tools to write, research, automate, produce… anything creative!


Publishing perspectives has an interview with Maks Giordano who was speaking at the Frankfurt Book fair on hyperinnovation. He talks about the changes that publishing companies will have to make in the very near future… that agile indie publishers are already doing.


Jane Friedman has an interview with Jay Swanson, a writer that has been V-logging his daily life. He uses this as his promotion for his books. It is an interesting marketing idea. (If you think my life is awesome then check out my books…) He also uses Patreon. If you live in exotic locales this could be an interesting marketing tactic for you…


Ruth Harris has a great post on using authentic historical detail to enrich your writing. She details some of the things you should be adding into your writing… this can apply to all genres. A must read!

In The Craft Section,

4 ways to launch a scene- Jordan Rosenfeld- Bookmark
Villainous struggles-writing villains- Y A topia
Mastering deep POV.- Writer Unboxed Bookmark
Character Archetypes– Now Novel – Bookmark
NaNoWriMo success– Chuck Wendig (usual warnings) – Must Read- Bookmark

In The Marketing Section,

Checklist on book listing– Nate Hoffelder- Bookmark
Advice on query letters– Jane Friedman- Bookmark
Promo sites– Nicolas Erik- Bookmark
How to get book reviews- Joel Friedlander- Bookmark

To Finish,

WriteOnCon is having a kickstarter. This is a virtual online writing conference for Children’s and YA writers. They have some amazing perks up for grabs… Take a scroll down the list. WriteOnCon is next year and costs $5. (not a typo… ) If you want to treat yourself for achieving the first day of NaNoWriMo…
* I was humbled/gobsmacked to receive the Betty Gilderdale Award announced this week. (Am still in a state of shock…)



About Maureen Crisp

Maureen Crisp has been writing her weekly publishing roundups for over seven years. She is a traditionally published children's author as well as indie-published. She lives in New Zealand and is heading the team organising the 4th National Conference of Children's Writers and Illustrators. She is currently trying her hand at writing a children’s book series if she can drag herself away from forever tweaking her Mars novel or obsessing over space.