Every November an international phenomenon, spurred on by a love for human creativity, challenges thousands across the globe to try their hand at writing a novel. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) presents a somewhat untraditional, incredibly exciting, and definitely challenging approach to championing creative writing.
It’s National Novel Writing Month (also known as NaNoWriMo) and we’re celebrating in spectacular fashion! IngramSpark sponsors NaNoWriMo every year with free title setup because we believe writing and publishing should go hand-in-hand! If you write it and you mean it, you should publish it. Here are a few ways you can get involved with NaNoWriMo and take advantage of IngramSpark’s promo code for free title setup!
Authors often ask me how to get that magic piece of writing at the beginning of the book. You know the one, where Mother Teresa tells the world what a fabulous person you are, and how the world will be a better place with your book in it. This little piece of heaven is called the foreword for a book.
This past summer, I wrote my second screenplay, an adaptation of a novel I coauthored. My second screenplay wasn’t as easy to write as my first (a documentary) because tackling fiction is a different story.
I’m in a torrid love affair with romance novels. The headstrong heroines, the misunderstood heroes, and the happily ever afters are everything I could possibly want in a good book. I devour them. And I’m not ashamed to read the paperback (cover out!) on the train during my commute. Another reason I love romance novels so fiercely is because they go hand-in-hand with self-publishing. I spend my days helping self-published authors share their books with the world, and a majority of those authors write romance. This is no coincidence and here are five reasons why:
During the initial conversation I have with a new author, I typically ask what she or he is writing next. I always want to know what’s coming down the line. In general, there are three responses:
Ernest Hemingway once offered, “The first draft of anything is sh!t.” In his posthumous 1984 memoir, With Hemingway: A Year in Key West and Cuba, Arnold Samuelson shares his experiences working as a deckhand on Hemingway’s fishing boat for ten months in 1934. During their sea-faring adventure, Hemingway offered Samuelson, then a nineteen-year-old struggling writer, the following advice:
When people hear the word “resolutions” at this time of year, they tend to think of next year. As in, “Next year, I’ll make resolutions.” “Next year, my ‘future self’ will surely have the discipline to accomplish the big things I wanted to do this year.” But what about the resolutions you made this past January?
A recipe book is deceptive. It looks so simple: you put together all the recipes you’ve created, add a cover with a delicious photo, and voila! Move over Nigela Lawson! Yes, it’s undeniable that recipe books take less to put together than some other genres, but they still need structure, consistency, and pace.
Is there anything more thrilling than seeing your finished book for the first time? To stand there admiring that beautiful cover, to breathe in the smell of paper and ink, to feel the surprising heftiness of that book in your hands. Even content that lives only as an ebook is often imagined as it would appear on a tangible device such as an iPad or mobile phone. These visions are powerful and help to spur us on as we undertake the really hard work of spinning the creative impulse into an art form.