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So you’ve turned the calendar page. Check.
You’ve embraced the new year and set writing goals. Check.
One of those goals–quite ambitious on your part–is to write a novel in year 2018. Gulp!
Maybe you’ve actually done that before, or, chances are, you’re stretching yourself. This goal is new territory, a game changer. Total commitment.
Great! We’d like to help. Here are a few resources to assist you in this noble novel-writing quest:
Bookbaby recently published this two-part blog series by Jerry Jenkins: My 20-Step Plan to Writing a Book: Part I (Steps 1 – 10) and Part II (Steps 11 – 20). You’ll find some good advice within. One of my favorite tips: “Don’t look for the exotic word. Look for the common word that’s on the tip of your tongue.” This article is a mix of writing tips and writing lifestyle tips, all designed to help you start and finish that novel!
From my bookshelf, I recommend 90 Days to Your Novel: A Day-by-Day Plan for Outlining & Writing Your Book by Sarah Domet. While I did say writing a novel in a year, she has her actionable steps broken down to such an extent that you could take longer than the ninety days she mentions. Or you could challenge yourself to do it via her suggested timetable and see how it goes. What I like about this book is the author realizes that one size does not fit all concerning outlining. I also like how her steps are quite doable. But she doesn’t mince words. She expects that if you’re along for the journey, you’ll commit to writing daily (or nearly every day) and outlining. A challenge, to be sure.
Finally, I’d like to make a bold suggestion: hire me to work with you week by week. You write a chapter or two and submit it for critique, or, if it’s in good shape, a line edit. I call it Flex Edit. So what’s the benefit of Flex Edit? Getting your book off to a solid start, for one. Accountability for another. A second pair of eyes to review your story–yet another good reason. I’ve worked with many clients over the years with my flex editing, and the forced deadline helps them stay disciplined. It also saves time by avoiding messy edits in the middle, which lead to more revisions and edits. You have the assurance the book is headed in the right direction from the beginning. In other words, better to deal with a problematic chapter than a whole section of a novel that isn’t advancing the plot. Check out my affordable editing rates and our FAQ page for the types of projects I do.
Make this the year you finally write that novel!
Do you plan to write a novel this year? Tell us about it in the comments.