Ah, the dreaded middle of your novel – always a challenge during any novel-writing endeavor. But when its slowing effects impact your prized daily word count during the concentrated NaNoWriMo period, the results can be discouraging – even devastating. As your excitement, tempo, and flow wane, you may find yourself stuck in the difficult work of writing the middle of a novel without knowing how to go about it.
Category: The Art of Writing (Page 2 of 10)
A great many writers – aspiring and established – face the dreaded question:
How and where do I begin my story?
It turns out this is less of a question about timing and location, than it is a moment in your primary character’s life where the journey to answer a question begins.
Woo-hoo! Starting tomorrow, we’ll be in sunny L.A. at the Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference. We’re excited to attend, and proud to be a sponsor – and few of you out there have asked what sessions we’ll be attending during the three day all-things-novel extravaganza.
Below is a handy dandy guide of the sessions where we’ll be, each covering unique facets of the novel-writer’s journey. Have any session summaries you’d like us to share – let us know @TheRightMargin
Preparing for NaNoWriMo at Litquake
Like last year, Litquake, San Francisco’s 17-year-old literary festival, held an insightful panel on The Art of the Novel this past Saturday.
The panel provided an inspiring push to prepare for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) next month. As I plan to write my first NaNoWriMo novel in less than two weeks, I attended the panel and found the following as key takeaways. NaNoWriMo’s own Grant Faulkner moderated Ramona Ausubel, Jan Ellison, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Ellen Sussman, and Gina Frangello with a series of engaging questions to help the writers in attendance learn from the panelists. I found the following talking points inspiring or helpful in my journey towards NaNoWriMo. If you want to learn more, leave me a comment below or reach out to the individual panelists on Twitter or Facebook.
“The novel is the barometer of the health of our culture.”
— Grant Faulkner
If you’re planning on participating in this year’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), you need to have a good plan of attack before the waves of word count start crashing on your computer’s shore come November 1st.
Tackling your novel’s summary and plot synopsis up front during your planning phase helps direct your character’s journey, keeping you focused on building depth and creating scenes that move your story.