Resources and tips for the self-published author.
by Maureen Crisp • November 8, 2017
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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.
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 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!
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,
In The Marketing Section,
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…
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.