This week we seem to be bigger on resources than anything else, so here goes!
National Novel Writing Month: For those of you who are obsessed with carving out writing time and counting words for NaNoWriMo (count me in on that!), take a laugh break with Fake NaNoWriMo Tips on Twitter (@FakeNNWMTips). My current favorites:
- “Only NaNoWriMo Premium Subscribers may count “the” and “a” as words. Upgrade your membership today!”
- “If you put a gun in the first half of your book, it should go off in the second half. Or turn out to be a vampire gun.”
Save the Words: If you love words, this one’s for you! NPR did a great piece this week, “Website Helps Rescue Obscure Words.” Give it a listen, the go to Save the Words and adopt a word (better yet, pick a word and work it into your next book or story!). Mine is “magophony,” and I’m think I know just how to incorporate that into my NaNoWriMo book!
LibraryThing for Authors: LibraryThing is more than just a site for cataloging your books, reading reviews, or connecting with other readers. It also lists events — so that can come in handy for writers who want to get the word out about their upcoming appearances AND for anyone looking for book events in their area — look under the “Local” tab. (Yes, the WLT just signed up, so we’ll be posting our events there too!).
Elmore Leonard’s Rules: Finally, here’s an oldie but goody from author Elmore Leonard — his 10 rules for writing fiction. Tell us what you think. And if you stumble across other authors with their own rules, please share them here!
Prizes: Winner receives $500, a trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City, & more. Runners-up receive cash prizes & gift certificates.
Deadline: Dec. 15
Guidelines: Click here
Posted by Cyndi Hughes