This popped up again for me when I was noodling around. I read posts like this every year at this time and think, I can do this. I’ve done this, not using any of these exact formula, but I’ve written a novel in a year. Heck, I’ve written them in less than a year, they’re just not publishable. Of course, at this point, that’s because of my failure to stick with editing. But I’ll put these out here in the event that one of these blogs/steps, or a combination of these, helps motivate someone or gives someone a few ideas of new things to try.
As so many people say, or in this case after I googled ‘write your novel in a year’, so many web pages say it. I’ve discussed Writers Write and Anthony Ehlers series called Write Your Novel in a Year. The blog very kindly consolidated all 52 posts here. I have Chuck Wendig’s infographic on my bulletin board (if you don’t like foul language, skip this one). And I’ve tried the NaNo method (although I knew I wouldn’t write an entire novel in a month). I don’t read these because I think any one of them will be the magic bullet, but I do regularly find motivation to keep writing. Here are some of the new ones I found:
NY Book Editors. A Guide to Writing Your Novel in One Year.
Takeaway – I love the 365 Day Book Writing Challenge. If you’re really struggling with getting into (or back into) the writing seat, this will get 66,795 words on the page in a year. Bonus – if you write this slowly, you can edit as you go. A link from this page is ‘How to Balance Your Day Job With Your Writing Passion’. I need to visit this one because my day job is overwhelming right now (which is why I sit here at 4 a.m. writing this post).
Word Counter. 365 Day First book Writing Challenge.
This is the link from the above book challenge. One of these rules is to not go to bed until you’ve crossed off your word count for the day. This word count is easier to cross off than the NaNo word count of 1,667.
Inklyo. How to Write a Novel in Just One Year.
This one is more prescriptive. It sets a schedule for the process. Month 1 – Outline. Month 1-3 – research. Etcetera. For someone who needs a set schedule to accomplish writing a novel, this looks pretty good.
The Novel Factory. Infographic.
This is a nice infographic for the bulletin board. Beware – it’s novel writing software so the free resources on this site are somewhat limited.
Check some of these out, or just write. As E.B. White said, “I admire anybody who has the guts o write anything at all” (a quote also on my bulletin board). Maybe I should be googling edit your novel in a year (or at all).
Have you tried getting feedback from trusted writer friends? Maybe fresh thoughts would spur your enthusiasm.
I haven’t tried it in a while. The 8LW have always been a big help with that. Once I have something to get feedback on, I’ll ask.
Because I thought your Master’s project had huge potential.
I always enjoy these motivations. Mostly, I’m pretty disciplined, but anybody has off days—or off months—and I’ve been off since the beginning of this year, I’m not sure why. So these links might help refresh me again!
I hope they help. I’m hoping they’ll help me too.