WMBTSG Day Nineteen (Comment to this post to enter the drawing)

Welcome to day nineteen of the Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway. Today’s giveaway is ANOTHER double-header, and again one person will win two great books on fiction writing. The two books are: First Draft in 30 Days & From First Draft to Finished Novel by Karen Wiesner.

About First Draft in 30 Days

In the introduction of First Draft in 30 Days, author Karen Wiesner states, “My 30-day method for outlining a novel eliminates many of the problems that plague fiction writers. Why dig for plots blindly when, with a little preparation, you can craft something worthwhile from start to finish? Why go through countless, lengthly drafts of a novel when you can create an outline so complete that it actually qualifies as the first draft? Why revise hundreds of pages of a complicated manuscript when you can revise a snapshot of your novel that’s a quarter of the novel’s length? Using an outline can significantly reduce the time it takes you to complete a project from start to finish-sometimes by more than half.”

First Draft in 30 Days works for any genre and is easily customizable to your particular approach and style. Wiesner’s game plan and comprehensive, interactive worksheets make the writing process much more enjoyable. Getting ideas out of your head and onto the paper has never been easier with the help of

  • Itemized, flexible schedules to keep you focused each day
  • Completed sample worksheets inspired by best-selling novels
  • Tips for outlining projects already in development
  • Brainstorming techniques to keep you motivated
  • Goal sheets for getting-and keeping-your career on track
  • By following Wiesner’s instruction, you can expect your outline to become a “snapshot” or first full glimpse of your novel. After finishing it, you’ll have the makings of an entire book that you’ll be excited to continue working on. “Because you’ve revised so thoroughly, it will read with all the completeness and excitement of a finished novel,” says Wiesner. “Using your outline as you write the first draft of your book should be so easy, you might even feel a little guilty about it. You will have done all the hard work creating the outline.”

    What’s the Catch? You must have self-discipline. Despite the flexibility of the 30-day method, you must make a commitment to do your part. The book is broken down into ten chapters and four appendices. The majority of the book (Chapters 2 through 7) will take you step by step through the six principle stages of the 30-day method. Each is broken down into a certain number of days during which different segments of your outline are developed and revised. Chapter 9 will guide you through the process of using your completed outline to write your manuscript. Chapter 10 contains goal sheets to help you stay focused as you move through each of your projects.

    If you want clear direction from start to finish, you’ll want to read the book from front to back. If you’re satisfied with your own way of writing, simply choose the parts that will enhance your talent.

  • From First Draft to Finished Novel
    A Writer’s Guide to Cohesive Story Building

    by Karen S. Wiesner
    Writer’s Digest Books, 2008
    ISBN 978-1-58297-551-1
    $19.99 paperback, 272 pages

    Build a fully developed, multi-layered story from the ground up! Writing a story is not that much different than building a house. Both require some brainstorming (to provide a clear vision), a blueprint or outline (to lay a solid foundation upon which that vision can be built), building or drafting (to make the vision a reality), and decorating or revising (to polish the masterpiece and make it presentable to the public).

    In From First Draft to Finished Novel, novelist Karen S. Wiesner carefully explores each of these stages, showing you how to:

    • Create a quick outline to help organize and expand your original idea
    • Develop a detailed Story Plan Checklist to solidify your story’s details
    • Combine and effectively use tools like your outline and story checklist to weave together a cohesive draft
    • Put together a strong query letter and submission package

    This book also features exclusive worksheets, checklists, and detailed examples designed to help you:

    • Improve your outlining techniques through the use of character, plot, and setting sketches
    • Write a strong Story Plan Checklist that ensures your characters evolve and your plot progresses
    • Develop your editing skills using revision and “punch” checklists

    Whether you’re working on a new story or a project in development, From First Draft to Finished Novel is your blueprint to a story readers won’t be able to resist.

    About the Author
    Karen S. Wiesner is an accomplished author who has published fifty-six books in the past ten years and has eleven more releases forthcoming spanning many categories and formats. Karen’s books have been nominated for and/or won sixty-eight awards, and they cover such genres as women’s fiction, romance, mystery/police procedural/cozy, suspense, paranormal, futuristic, gothic, inspirational, thriller, horror, and action/adventure. She also writes children’s books, poetry, and writing reference titles such as her bestseller, First Draft in 30 Days, available from Writer’s Digest Books.

    Read an interview with Karen S. Wiesner at Writer’sdigest.com.


    Today’s question:

    Ever considered writing a novel in 30 days? Ever tried it? Interested now? What do you fear would prevent you from getting through a first draft?

    If this is your first post in the giveaway, please read “Da Rules.”

    You may post your comments until midnight PST on September 19th.


    44 Responses to “WMBTSG Day Nineteen (Comment to this post to enter the drawing)”

    1. 1 Erin Maher September 19, 2008 at 12:11 am

      I’ve always thought it would take me at least 6 months to finish a novel. However, having never attempted one, doing it in 30 days seems like a good plan. That way, there are 5 months left for some good solid editing.

      Sometimes I think that drawing things out puts on too much pressure. A defined time line forces you to be accountable instead of letting yourself stagnate, or feel nervous. I am going to be writing an ebook next week for the first time, so I suppose I’ll be thinking back to this post/comment quite frequently!

    2. 2 Stacy September 19, 2008 at 3:39 am

      I would love to claim something that represents such a productive use of time, such as writing a novel in 30 days! When I think of the idea of writing a book, I imagine packing away a winter’s supply of food and going off to live in a cabin in the snowy mountains where I’m shut off from everyone I know for months. (I think I’ve watched too many movies where the sweater-clad writer is stalked by either ghosts or killers.) I have a tendency to put off doing something until I know I can do it well and have the time, even the little things in life. I’m intrigued by the idea of accomplishing what is portrayed as the ultimate accomplishment for a writer in less time that it takes for me to muster up the courage and find the time to clean my closet (I’ve been wanting to do that since March).

    3. 3 Elizabeth September 19, 2008 at 4:08 am

      Yes, I’m interested now and believe it is possible to concentrate enough to get a draft done, in fact, I think that if I could put my freelance writing in a brief hiatus, keep the kids in school (without all theses days off they seem to be taking…third three-day weekend in a month), I could get a decent draft written.

      Each year during times of renewal (autumn solstice, anyone?) I think I’ll have the time to write a novel in 30 days and I have the bursts of energy during the first few days. I fear that the draft might not be as good as taking longer and that might be what slows my progress. but I think it is possible. Definitely.

    4. 4 Elizabeth September 19, 2008 at 4:39 am

      Sometimes I think that the only way I *could* write a novel is if I wrote it in 30 days! What would prevent me from getting through that first draft — failing to make it a priority. I have a bad habit of letting everything else come before writing.

    5. 5 joy September 19, 2008 at 5:45 am

      The idea of writing a novel in 30 days is daunting, but I would love to make it a goal to accomplish. My greatest enemy in writing is finding other things to do instead of writing. Last year I committed to writing 30 minutes a day, every day. Within less than a month, I had a first draft of a story–something I had never seen through until the end before. I know that when I make a commitment to write every day, daunting tasks seem possible. Plus, I only feel it’s appropriate to call myself a “writer” if I’m writing every day. Otherwise, my job title changes to whatever I do find time to do every day. Most of those titles would be embarassing to put on a business card. For example, “Facebooker,” “Emailer,” “Gilmore Girls Watcher,” etc.

    6. 6 marnini September 19, 2008 at 6:03 am

      I know I have been a big winner in this giveaway, but I so need these books. I am a PROCASTINATOR. I think these books would help someone like me.

      The main reason I am taking the advanced class with The Institute of Children’s Literature is to push myself to finish the novel. These two books would come in very handy.

      Happy Friday!


    7. 7 Melissa September 19, 2008 at 6:43 am

      Four times I have struggled and wept and ordered take out for 30 days straight in order to hammer out a novel. I’ve participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) for the last four years. Twice, I’ve succeeded in their goal of 50,000 words in 30 days (which is not entirely a novel but a good start). Once, I’ve finished a complete manuscript (68,000 words). Was it very good? No, but it was a start.

      This year, I’m going to do it again. It’s masochism for the writing mind, but it’s also a good time to let go of your inner critic and just write. As some of my favorite authors over on the Magical Words blog have said, BIC = Butt In Chair. That’s the most important, and probably the hardest, part of being a writer.

      The two books you have so generously offered up to us today would be a perfect addition to this year’s NaNoWriMo, and if I don’t win I may just have to look them up and purchase them anyway. Thanks for running a great contest!

    8. 8 Meryl K. Evans September 19, 2008 at 6:46 am

      Never considered writing a novel in thirty days, but I certainly know we can write books in two to four weeks. I wrote my first book — non-fiction — in three weeks and that was on top of my dad having a stroke in the middle of it (he died eight months later). I knew the publisher wouldn’t let me push out the date because another author (it was a series of themed books) was in the hospital herself and they wouldn’t let her extend her deadline.

      OK, maybe I had it easy because the book was about using a specific software product. So I just had to use it and write how to use it. I could do it again for software, but for more freeflowing topics… I am not so sure!

    9. 9 Teresa Hall September 19, 2008 at 7:20 am

      I’ve thought about trying to write a book in 30 days, but I think my fear of failing prevents me from even beginning. I have a bad habit of editing as I write, rather than just letting the words flow and then going back and cleaning up the copy later. I need to force myself to just sit down and let it happen. I think my other big constraint to writing a book in a month is that fear that if I spend my time writing a book, when will I get any work done. I do commercial copywriting for clients, so anything else feels like I am cheating!

    10. 10 Chris Clark September 19, 2008 at 7:55 am

      I think the only way I would get through a novel would be to write it in 30 days. Otherwise, I might put it aside to come back to “later” and not get back to it for a very long time. I have gotten used to deadline driven writing through being a newspaper journalist and blogger and can’t seem to write well without some type of deadline.

      I think the only thing that would prevent me is that I haven’t written a truly long project and am not really sure how to go about it. (Or what my topic might be!).

    11. 11 Mary Jo C. September 19, 2008 at 8:08 am

      Of all the giveaways, I think I covet today’s books the most!
      My lonely little novel has been in pieces (notebooks, note cards, computer files, my head!) since last fall! Last Fall!!
      What better inspiration to finish the project in 30 days?! And what better time than November? (NANOWRIMO)
      Melissa, I give you a special “Shout Out” for participating in NANO 4 yrs in a row, and counting! This year, I will join you!
      My fear is saying and not doing. Letting the mom-guilt get in the way of writing time. Letting the inner critic dance on and stomp out my ideas.
      But, this year, I have ammunition: I have a young writers group I’ll be leading through the battle of writing a novel in 30 days. Who’s with me? Forward march!

    12. 12 Cathy September 19, 2008 at 8:24 am

      I can’t see myself churning out a novel in 30 days…in fact, the whole thing makes my palms sweat just to think about. I’m a very deadline driven kind of writer, so if I were to commit to something like a 30 day novel deadline, I’d HAVE to finish the darn thing. And then something would happen in my life to sabotage the efforts, because that’s what always happens. But I’d forge ahead anyway and my husband would leave me and the kids would starve…eventually I’d need thereapy.

      But I wouldn’t be able to afford it unless I sold that stinkin’ novel. So, no, I won’t be writing a 30 day novel. At least, not on purpose.

    13. 13 Katrina September 19, 2008 at 9:19 am

      Write a novel in 30 days? Pinch me, please! That would be great. I’m curious, though, under what circumstances people accomplish this? An honest evaluation of my current situation leads me to the conclusion that writing a novel in 30 days is unrealistic, as far as the amount of time I really have to write. If I coordinated with my husband in advance to leave me most all evenings free for one month, I might stand a chance. I’m quite interested in the strategies in these books; even if I didn’t write the full draft in 30 days, I would be farther along than before.

    14. 14 Laura September 19, 2008 at 9:29 am

      Wow. The books offered today are amazing! I can’t wait to get to my beloved Barnes & Noble and check them out. That’s the beauty of this giveaway; I find so many books that I end up having to read or even buy, that are featured here! I think these two may be the latter case, unless of course I am the lucky one here.

      Okay, onto the question for today. I have considered the incredulity of writing a novel in 30 days. Seeing as I have never even written a book before, it seems unobtainable. However, it does sound fun, and I believe the checklists, worksheets and schedules would appeal to and work for me. The only thing I fear that would prevent me from getting through to a first draft would be keeping writing a priority, while still working full time, caring for my daughter, and church.

      And now I’m going to have to go find out more about NANO, which I have not heard about. Thank you! I get such inspiration from this site, and from all the other writers.

    15. 15 Elise September 19, 2008 at 9:47 am

      I would love to complete ANY manuscript in 30 days! What a great deadline, too. I can do anything in a month, right? Writing a first draft in one month would be the ultimate in “can-do” and the only thing that would stop me would be the rest of my life…the kids, the husband, the volunteering. Not that they would “stop” me, but they have needs (three meals a day, clean laundry, groceries, carpool). NaNoWriMo and the books available for today’s drawing would be just the inspiration to actually do it. Write a first draft of a book in 30 days!

      Bring on the challenge!

    16. 16 Cara September 19, 2008 at 9:57 am

      Well, I’ve thought of writing a novel, and that’s as far as I’ve gotten. In my fantasy, I don’t need a specific time frame for completion. My dream novel would just write itself.
      I think I’m just not at the point in my life though, where I’m ready to tackle one, in 30 days or otherwise.

      The last two years have thrown many great personal challenges at me, from my own diagnosis of cancer to guiding both my parents through the final months of their lives earlier this year. Personal reflections essays and slice-of-life stories are my way of working through things, and creating hope. This form of writing comes to me as naturally as breathing. One day, I would like to craft a novel that is truly creative and compelling, but honest. I am not there yet.

    17. 17 rowena September 19, 2008 at 10:08 am

      Yes I have! I’ve done it. This will be my 3rd year doing nanowrimo.org. The first year, pregnant and with a toddler, I wrote 100 thousand words and finished the final 25k half way through December, which made it one heck of a first draft. The second year I wrote my nano 50k, with an infant and an active toddler, but never actually finished the book. This year, I have a whole different project, although I am still working on my second draft of my first nano book.

      I actually love the challenge. I learned how much I can write when I really sit down and commit myself to writing. I was thrilled to discover how fast I write when focused. This is after spending 2 oe 3 years writing another first draft that needed just as much revision as my quick draft did.

      I must say, though, that I need more work on taking those first drafts to final drafts. I could use this giveaway.

    18. 18 Debra September 19, 2008 at 11:22 am

      I work best with hard-and-fast deadlines. Because I (like most of us) have a “real job” in addition to my fiction writing, my writing often becomes the thing I can sacrifice to other time consumers in a busy-mama life–especially if I’m writing a book I haven’t yet sold.

      I don’t know that I could write a 75,000-word manuscript in a month, but I’m convinced that with the right motivation (i.e., a 30-day deadline), I could turn out a 40,000-word middle-grade novel manuscript. I am not sure that I could do it without guidance, but I bet that one of today’s prizes could give me the method I’d need to accomplish it.

      Plus, I’m always up for a challenge. I would love to give it a try.

    19. 19 Amie H September 19, 2008 at 11:37 am

      Sure write a novel, loose 10 pounds and take up knitting all in thirty days. I’m up for the challenge. I have never attempted a novel but I am curious to see what would come out of me. And the discipline of getting that many words on a page per day would help my writing habit. I have begun to take organization seriously in other areas of my life (I am addicted to my new label maker) and now it’s time to do that with my writing. So maybe instead of saying, “Someday I’ll finish that project.” I can say “In 30 days I will have a novel – and maybe even a tighter bum too.

    20. 20 alirambles September 19, 2008 at 11:41 am

      There’s no way I could write a first draft in 30 days and go about the rest of my life at the same time. Maybe if I was single and rich and had no friends? I really have no desire to find out. I like the way a novel unfolds in my head over time. But I do think the book probably has some great ideas I could use in writing my next novel, so I hope I win it!

    21. 21 Jaymie September 19, 2008 at 11:42 am

      Now that my child is in Kindergarten, I was all set to try to write a book (well, the first draft) in November for the “official” online project by the person who wrote “No Plot, No Problem.” But then I got a new job and I don’t know if I can do the novel on top of my new responsibilities. I do love the idea of having daily goals and a community to support you while you try something so “crazy.” But it is definitely something I want to do in the next year or two.

    22. 22 Kelli September 19, 2008 at 12:35 pm

      30 days? Now that would be something. I would love to write a Beverly Cleary style children’s novel. My biggest obstacles are my kiddos being constantly underfoot. They are 4 and 2…enough said.

    23. 23 Celestial Goldfish September 19, 2008 at 1:04 pm

      I’ve participated in Nanowrimo since 2002, so yes, I have written a few novels in under 30 days. The first few years resulted in horrible, misguided stories. I spent three consecutive Nanowrimos working on MOUSE, which served to teach me a great deal about what to do and what not to do when writing a novel. For example, don’t ONLY write in November and expect your writing to be consistent or improve.

      My novel from last year, THE LOCKED DOOR, is the one I’m now shopping to agents. I did a full chapter outline and research before starting that novel, and it showed – I finished the first 50,000 words in 19 days. This year’s novel has even more pre-Nano work going into it, and I can only hope it goes as well as last year.

    24. 24 Jennifer September 19, 2008 at 1:13 pm

      I’ve never thought of writing a novel in a year, much less 30 days. I’m intrigued but am afraid of writer’s block or writing something just hideous. Writer Molly Gloss says that, first of all, writing began with Motherhood for her (amen!) and , second, that she first started thinking of herself as an author when she wrote a novel in 5 months for a contest, even though she didn’t like the finished product and was still yet unpublished. It motivates me to enter contests or give myself crazy deadlines just to get into the habit of writing–to create the structure for a writing life.

    25. 25 PeggyD. September 19, 2008 at 1:43 pm

      Wow, a first draft in 30 days! Cool! I have never tried it, and would probably stress out too much if I did. Maybe when both my kids are in school all day. Then I’d be interested in attempting it.
      I have the first draft of a my first novel done… and the second and the third… Revising is tedious, but I haven’t thrown it in the trash quite yet. I am learning to write the short stuff now to polish my writing skills, since I am pretty new at this.
      Nanowrimo? I might have to look-in to what that is…

    26. 26 A Musing Mom September 19, 2008 at 1:52 pm

      I’ve been debating trying a novel in 30 days for the past year or so.
      I’d like to give myself the opportunity to try it though. I think of it as being like running a marathon. You need to train and prepare in advance by going smaller distances. I’m not sure I’ve been training enough yet to do a novel in 90 days. Then again, if the writing I’ve been doing for the past twenty-plus years hasn’t been enough, I’m not sure I’ll ever be ready. It may take just plunging ahead. My only fear is that I’ll get part way through and find I took off too fast and didn’t pace myself to make it to the end. Or maybe it will turn ugly at the twenty-five mile mark and I’ll quit in frustration. Writing a novel in 30 days seems like a frightening, but exhilarating experience. I hope someday soon to say that I did it.

    27. 27 Renee September 19, 2008 at 1:56 pm

      I’m intrigued by the thought of writing a novel in 30 days, and have even considered participating in NaNoWriMo this year for the first time. My theory is this: either I become way disciplined in both my professional and personal life in order to complete this task, or I become so overwhelmed I get nothing accomplished. I’m an “all or nothing” person that way! It’s worth a try though, and these books sound awesome and would be the perfect start! I like the idea of outlining the book beforehand and then just diving into the writing. I purchased a software program called Writer’s Dreamkit last year. Now I need to put it to the test.

    28. 28 Laurie Thompson September 19, 2008 at 2:21 pm

      Since I write nonfiction (so far), I don’t think I could keep up with the pace of the “write a novel in 30 days” concept. If anybody has done it with nonfiction, I’d love to hear about your experiences. I’m afraid I would spend too much time stopping to look at my notes and check my research, and I definitely don’t need to set myself up for any more feelings of failure and inadequacy! I do find the whole idea to be very compelling, though. I’m sure I would benefit from the “just gotta get it done” mentality, forcing me to get busy and leave all perfectionist tendencies behind. I know I’ll give it a try someday, perhaps when the kids are a little older and won’t mind me disappearing for a month!

    29. 29 kmcdade September 19, 2008 at 2:53 pm

      I started NaNoWriMo last year, but didn’t finish. As I said in a previous comment, I ended up hating my novel and never found a way to make it work. I also have trouble getting rid of my perfectionism. I think I can do it this year, perhaps with the assistance of a support group!

    30. 30 Dena Dyer September 19, 2008 at 3:14 pm

      I would love to write a novel in thirty days…I have several novel “starts” on my computer, and if I could turn my inner critic off and write like crazy for 30 days, and actually complete a draft, it would be so encouraging. I’ve published non-fiction books, and have always dreamed of writing a novel, but I get nervous and think “It’s too hard” or “I could never do that.” A novel in a month might be just the challenge I needed to get past all that “stuff” and just write.

    31. 31 Heiddi September 19, 2008 at 3:21 pm

      I have never tried to write a novel in 30days. I have started different fiction pieces loosely based around my own life. Different names and characteristics, but still about problems that I’ve faced. Because the ideas are based on things I’m dealing with, I have a very difficult time getting it all down on paper, especially when it’s a very painful situation. Between that and my family/friends reading between the lines of the story, I have enough to keep me from completing a novel in a month. I have at least five book ideas now that are percolating on my flash drive. Maybe not now, but soon I’ll get it done. 🙂

    32. 32 Cdonnell September 19, 2008 at 3:24 pm

      I have joined NoNoWriMo for the past two years. 55,00 words in 30 days. I now have two (more) very rough first drafts. I liked the deadline they presented and the encouragement. (NaNo.. recommends you do your best to turn off that internal editor until you get through that first draft. One guy even says is turns off grammar/spell check as you go on his Word so as not to be distracted. You can always run it through a checker later.
      The second book title, from draft to finished – is really what I need right now. How to finish the thing.
      Thanks for all the suggestions and help.

    33. 33 Cat September 19, 2008 at 4:12 pm

      I completed NANAWRIMO one year with enough words to count as a success, but it wasn’t really a complete first draft of the project. It was good to get me writing and keep me focused on this one project for 30 days, and I got a lot of writing done. But I didn’t really go back and finish that draft or work it into a finished novel, so the whole thing worked out like a writing exercise for me. I’m up for trying it again, though.

    34. 34 Jennifer Wright September 19, 2008 at 4:23 pm

      I haven’t tried writing a novel at all yet. It seems like such a daunting task – going from start to finish, keeping the characters true to their personalities throughout, keeping it interesting. I just seem to run out of words after a while. Of course, I also hate to tie up the loose ends – my friends always yell at me because I don’t give answers. Instead of letting problems get solved, they die or the book just fades away. I have good endings, but they’re more like chapter endings than book endings.

      That’d be my biggest fear. Writing an ending that actually concluded things.

      I’m trying out nanowrimo this year, though. I’m terrified but I have tons of people cheering me on, so it should be all right.

    35. 35 nathalie September 19, 2008 at 5:17 pm

      I love the NaNoWriMo contest and was crazy enough to do it with a newborn but I loved being able to say “my manuscript.” It was like one long freewrite where I didn’t have time to stop and second guess myself and I stayed so focused on the project it is the closest I’ve ever come to actually finishing a novel. I thought about trying for a third year this November but decided I better finish the books I have started before moving on … I must have completion issues or something …

    36. 36 Erika September 19, 2008 at 6:12 pm

      I have never tried, but I do have a goal to FINISH my first novel by October 31st and that’s just a little over 30 days from now so I’m feel the pressure just the same.

      I definitely think it is doable and would be tempted to try in the future. No NaNoWriMo for me this year, but maybe next… I would absolutely LOVE these books for any strategies that will help.

      Somehow, I think just sitting every day for a few hours in front of my computer (without surfing the Internet, checking my email, etc.), is what I really need!

    37. 37 Mar Junge, c3PR September 19, 2008 at 6:13 pm

      Send me out to a little igloo in the middle of nowhere, with a snowstorm raging for the entire month so that no one could visit or call or email me and yes, with enough battery backup for my laptop, I could write a novel in 30 days. As long as there were no kids. No husband. No clients. No pets. No bills to pay. No groceries to buy. No clothes to wash. No homework to check. No appointments to keep. Just the howling wind, snowdrifts blocking my escape, and my characters for company. No choice but to keep on writing or go insane.

      In the real world, where I write fiction in stolen moments between writing press releases, technical articles and brochures, a first draft in 30 weeks is more like it. And even that goal is ambitious. Mary Jo C, take heart. I’ve been working on my novel for three years! But my manuscript is like a good friend. It’s always there for me when I pick it up and never complains when I’m gone too long. And if I die before I finish it, perhaps one of my kids will write the ending.

    38. 38 Lisa September 19, 2008 at 6:37 pm

      I never ever considered writing a novel in 30 days until I heard about NaNoWriMo for the first time earlier this year. I didn’t even think it could be possible. But I went to the NaNoWriMo website and was seriously considering trying it this year. I probably won’t because of time issues with other commitments. But it sounds like an awesome goal I eventually want to try. It sounds like one big writing exercise so I don’t think I’d be afraid to try, because on their website they said “you’d be writing a lot of crap.” Therefore no high expectations, no major fear.

    39. 39 Pam September 19, 2008 at 7:09 pm

      I too am a procrastinator. I start off strong in the beginning, then taper off toward the middle and pick it up at the end, full-speed to cram it in at the last minute.
      I would love to try writing a novel in 30 days. I fear not being able to finish it. I fear not having enough conflict and dialouge to get through a novel. Like I said, I start off OK, then taper off. I work better under pressure. Maybe if I knew I only had so many days to do it and I did it everyday, it would work. Who knows! I may try!
      By the way, The Writer Mama was my first book about freelance writing that I bought while on vacation 2 years ago. i have had 3 articles published so far! Yeah!

    40. 40 Stephanie Craig September 19, 2008 at 7:55 pm

      I never realized it is possible to write a first draft for my novel in 30 days. I wondered how some authors could write 4 or more books a year. The thought is intruiging to me. This will be a book I will look into even if I don’t win today’s prize. Actually the more I wonder if it is possible, the more I want to do it.

      I am very glad that I stumbled across this website this week. I am so encouraged to go after my goals, and now I see that I can write a first draft more quickly than I thought possible (I figured at the very least six months for the first draft). I also see that others did it with young kids at home, so I can too.

    41. 41 Travis September 19, 2008 at 8:17 pm

      I sometimes think the only way I could possibly finish a novel would be to shut myself off from the world and take 30 solid days alone to get it done. Okay, more like 6 solid months. . . . I’ve tried the NaNoWriMo a couple times but there always seems to be something that pulls me away from my “focused” writing. Strangely enough, “focused” writing doesn’t work for me. I write best when I just feel the need to “talk” about something. I have lots of note cards, notebooks and scraps of paper with my best writing – unfortunately putting them together would just create a mess, not any sort of coherency. Still I will not give it up. I like writing to much. The books for today’s giveaway could be just the inspiration I need to sit down and . . . . uh-oh I hear my kids calling me. Side tracked once again!

    42. 42 KristyG September 19, 2008 at 9:40 pm

      Writing a novel in 30 days would be a wonderful challenge, but not one that I am comfortable with at the moment. Time constraints would be getting in the way right now. I wonder how I would feel if I didn’t get it done in the 30 days? Would I feel like a failure for not succeeding, or would I feel successful in the amount I did get done? Would I be tolerable to live with, especially that last week? I am intrigued to read this book, so even if I don’t win, it is on my list of must-reads.

    43. 43 Julie September 19, 2008 at 10:35 pm

      Just the possibility of writing a novel in thirty days is exciting! Could it be done? It would be an amazing experiment. I do think I’d have to put some parameters around other areas of life to do it. Perhaps that’s the secret – committing to the 30 days and then being diligent about actually making it happen Day 1 all the way through Day 30. Hmmm… it is intriguing.

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