Part III: Authoring Tips For National Novel Writing Month

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.

Donna McDonald, Author
Readers motivate me to keep writing. There is no other answer. They send me emails and messages, and they talk to me on social media about reading my books. This interaction keeps me going back to the computer to finish the next story in each series because I know some reader somewhere is waiting for it.

Jenna Kernan, Author
I write because it is a pleasure, a struggle, a puzzle and a joy. When I write, time can cease. as I slip into the ‘zone‘. This is the most important reason to write–because I love it.

Kelly McClymer, Author
My advice is the same, no matter the writer’s age: read, write, edit, revise, and — a hard but critical step — submit your work to others for feedback and judgment.

Justin Lau, Author
I have things to convey—that’s what keeps me writing. I know, it’s vague and ambiguous, but ultimately, isn’t that what all writers wish for?

Kate Bridges, Author
It’s the simple joy of dealing with words on the page. I love imagining interesting characters and things they do that surprise me, struggling to put it down on paper, seeing the story bound with a beautiful cover and connecting with readers who were touched by it.

Pamela Fagan Hutchins, Author
Encouragement from readers motivates me. Success motivates me. Failure motivates me. The desire to sustain my blessing as a full time career novelist motivates the living hell out of me.

Elizabeth Pentacoff, Author
Writing feeds my soul. It keeps me sane. I can’t not write. A famous question in writers’ circles asks this: Would you write if you knew you’d never publish again? My answer is yes. I have to write. It’s part of my spirituality.

Marie Lavendar, Author
The point is to stop thinking about monetary goals. Adjust them a bit. Is your main goal to be published traditionally? That’s great! That is actually a manageable goal.

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!

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