During the month of November I will be reading through materials helpful to both budding and seasoned authors alike. We’ll be looking at reads to help with the craft, editing, and publication of writing, all with the aim of inspiring you this NaNoWriMo month.
I know during the month of November, it’s crunch-time. It’s like training for a marathon, only this is the marathon. Together as writers we’re trying to run the race and the last thing we want to think about right now is craft. But sometimes in the middle of the race, one of the best things to think about is the craft, to inspire and uplift your creative spirit. Reading about storytelling as an art will give you some of the ideas and fuel that you need to push past the middle point.
This week’s read is Your First Novel by Ann Rittenburg, Laura Whitcomb, and Camille Goldin. With cut and dry simplicity, the authors lay out the guidelines to create a structure that your book will work perfectly for. Authors will appreciate learning about tension, character-building, and scene-crafting as they work their way through this NaNoWriMo. It’s really a great reminder of all the work that we can do when flipping through this book, as well as a pep-me-up which reminds writers that there will be plenty of time to inject humor, symbolism, and powerful stakes when going back over the novel. I really appreciate a good look at the work that I’m doing when viewed through the lens of writing to draft and writing to enlighten. It helps me to realize what I’m going to be doing in a couple of months and how if I can just finish NaNoWriMo 2018, I can get to the next fun part of the process.
This is a really informative read that doesn’t waste time on technical jargon and fancy ideas, cutting right to the heart of great writing. For those who at least want to consider their writing craft when getting through NaNoWriMo, this is the book to read.
“We must keep climbing higher, never fearing the step that is next. For our goal is within our grasp, just beyond our hopes and dreams.” Thomas M. Smith