Part II: Authoring Tips For National Novel Writing Month
Nov 12, 2014
In celebration of National Novel Writers Month, we’re asking authors their perspective on novel writing and some thoughts to share with aspiring writers. We also offered a perspective from two of our trainers in this past blog. We wanted to highlight a few great perspectives we’ve received so far.
Jennifer J. Chow, Author
Pay from fiction writing is never consistent. It’s not a lucrative career. Writing, for me, is a passion. It’s about a story that has to be told, that is ready to burst forth from my soul.
Kate Gray, Author
Find out what ravishes you, what sticks to your bones, what repels you. Start writing there. Write because your life depends on the questions you ask, the ways you make pieces of your life fit together. Get a day job so that you can be strong enough to write what has gone unsaid.
C.Hope Clark, Author
Good writing, whether journalism or fiction, is a personal satisfaction for me. It’s a talent that cannot be bought or disguised . . . it has to be real. You cannot fake it. It demonstrates talent, hard work, creativity, and intelligence. There’s something magical about telling a story in good form, with organic flow, in a memorable voice that readers enjoy.
C. C. Yager, Author
Writing is not for the faint of heart or anyone with a weak stomach. It is a scary occupation because there is absolutely NO security. If you want to write for fun, that’s fine — by that I mean a hobby writer. Please do not call yourself a professional writer or even imply that you are. Professional writers write daily, and they approach their writing as a vocation as much as a job. You have been warned! 🙂
April, Mistress of Book in a Week
In other words, my goal now is what it has always been—to help shape the world in which I live by what I choose to write. By that definition, I succeed whenever anyone reads any of my books—regardless of the level of financial success I may or may not have in any given year.
Layla AlAmmar , Aspring Author
If your heart is in fiction though, then volume is the name of the game. Think of writing a series, like a trilogy, where you can build and sustain an audience. Short stories are also coming back in vogue, so try your hand at that.
Holly Robinson, Author
It took me over 25 years to publish my first novel. Despite having an agent who believed in me, I wrote many novels that were rejected before I finally self-published my favorite out of some combination of desperation and determination.
Bestselling Writer, Dee Davis
As always in our family our pooled incomes pay the bills. And I will say, I contribute a lot more now than I did in the beginning. But more importantly, I contribute a happy and healthy persona. Being allowed to follow my creative muse has been a wonderful gift.
In celebration of National Novel Writers Month, we’re asking authors their perspective on novel writing and some thoughts to share with aspiring writers. We also offered a perspective from two of our trainers in this past blog. We wanted to highlight a few great perspectives again. Stay tuned to our blog for more great tips from authors for National Novel Writing Month!