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Write-A-Thon gives you the information, inspiration and tools you need to write a good book in less than a month. Want to know the secret to writing successfully? You're holding it. 
--Donna Gephart, children's book author, wrote Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen (Delacorte Press/Random House) in 29 days.

It doesn't matter whether you're just starting to write, or if you've been writing for years --this book is one of the best resources you'll ever find. Ever. Rochelle Melander preps you for writing a book in 26 days, but you'll want to savor this book and refer to it often. 
--Libby Fischer Hellmann, SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE

Write-A-Thon is wise, user-friendly, witty, breathtakingly thorough, and fun. Melander eases the way with profound and playful exercises, and insights that land like light suddenly illuminating a pitch-dark tunnel. 
--Robert McDowell, author of the forthcoming The More We Get Together: The Sexual and Spiritual Language of Love.

Whether you've been writing for years or are just getting started, you can write a book in a month with Melander's Write-A-Thon as your guide. Motivating, insightful, and fun to read, you'll keep this book handy for years.
--Kelly James-Enger, author of Goodbye Byline, Hello Big Bucks

Write-a-thon is the tool every writer has been waiting for. Whether a professional or a wanna-be writer, you will find the practical help, the inspiration, and the kick in the pants to get writing. This book is more than a book--it's a whole a new life built out of words.
--Jane Rubietta, author

From the Author

I've always liked marathon style writing. In college and graduate school, I chalked up my all-night writing marathons to procrastination. But in the past 15 years, I've been blessed with publishers who have given me insane deadlines! I've completed nearly every one of my thirteen finished books (ten of them published) in less than three months, most in 6 weeks, and one in just nine days.
When I found out about National Novel Writing Month, I discovered that I am not the only crazy person who likes to write marathon style. Every November (and now during the summer Camp NaNoWriMo), a whole bunch of folks attempt to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. I signed up, figuring it would be one way to finish my mystery novel.  I failed miserably--my poor victim is still languishing naked in a hunting cabin in the mountains of western Pennsylvania because I couldn't find the courage to have my murderer kill him.
So, I tried to figure out how to succeed at writing marathons. I began researching writing, how famous writers worked, and what psychology had to say about how writers could work faster more efficiently. In 2007, I taught a class to help other writers successfully complete National Novel Writing Month. I have taught that class in local bookstores every year since. In the meantime, I began collecting all of my research and ideas in a project notebook. I had been thinking about writing a book on writing since 2006, but I was not sure what kind of a book I wanted to write. Then it hit me: I'd write about writing books fast. But could I do it fast?

Yes -- I could and I did! I wrote Write-A-Thon in 26 days during National Novel Writing month in 2009. I am delighted that it is now going to help other would-be writers get inspired to write their books fast!

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; annotated edition edition (October 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599633914
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599633916
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #948,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Rochelle Melander, the Write Now! Coach, is the author of 10 books, a certified professional coach, and a popular speaker. Melander teaches professionals how to write fast, get published, establish credibility, and navigate the new world of social media. Her newest book is Write-A-Thon: How to Write a Book in 26 Days (and Live to Tell About It).

In 2006, Rochelle founded Dream Keepers Creative Writing Workshop, a program that teaches writing to at-risk tweens and teens in the inner city. Rochelle Melander is a member of the International Coach Federation and the American Society for Journalists and Authors. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her husband, the writer Harold Eppley, and their two children.

Get access to free tips, classes, a write-a-thon word count tool and more online at Contact the author to speak by phone with your critique group, NaNoWriMo region, or book group:

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Niina "For The Love of Reading!" on November 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
I have never come across book that lets you know how to get a novel out and not dance around it and your writing issues - that as effective as this!

I've got a Project Journal now, and a Story Bible! And I sort of had one before on some loose notes at the back of my drawer... ahem, just call me professional. But as I read this book it came naturally to get everything out and ready, and I was excited to do it.

Melander gets you excited about writing, and getting in the mind-set to write! The tone isn't condescending or high and mighty but just the perfect amount of "this is what you need", "this is what you can do to change it" and "just do it"!

This is no boring How-To - but a book that gets you excited about writing, prepares you and then lets you know just what to do when you got your rough draw done, in 26 days.

I found the Part One: Training my favorite, it was exactly what I needed, a little kick on the butt. The titles tell so much so I'm going to bring them up so that you can see for yourself that it's all taken care of: *my favourite chapters are in the [ ] *
Attitude Training: Get Rid of the Excuses [ Take Yourself Seriously ]
Writing Training: Learn the Basics [ The Project Journal ]
Course Training: Plan Your Novel [ Three More W Guestions ]
Course Training: Plan Your Non-Fiction Book [ Find Your Purpose ]
Life Training: Schedule The Marathon [ Create a Life Priority List ]

Part Two: The Write-A-Thon is all about Melander coaching us readers throughout the 26 days, with almost like pep-talks and inspirations to keep us going for day to day!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By BLehner on November 15, 2011
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A lot of people are participating in NaNoWriMo during the month of November, yet writing a book can be achieved any time. In Write-A-Thon Rochelle Melander suggests that everyone is capable of writing a book in 26 days.
Everyone who ever wanted to write a book but felt discouraged by countless reasons why it might not be such a good idea after all, will get the boost they need. This guide offers lots of advice, from writing tools and techniques to helpful exercises, but most of all, Rochelle encourages the would-be-writer to make writing a life priority which, with the right planning and attitude, has room even in the busiest schedule. Showing up is the key! To sit down and write. No excuses.
Not one of those dry how-to books, this compendium is engaging and inspiring, filled with real-life examples by different authors, and seasoned with great quotes at the beginning of chapters. I believe it is even for those who have already written books, because all writers struggle with many of the issues addressed here, including this awful thing called procrastination. I honestly wish this guide had already been available when I set out writing my first book as it would have been of tremendous help. While I have taken that first hurdle, it's safe to say that Write-A-Thon will come in handy for future writing projects of mine!
In short: Highly recommended for everyone who ever wanted to write a book!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Common Sense on October 26, 2011
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Many people want to write a book, but few actually take a stab at it. Rochelle Melander gives the average person the tools, advice, and encouragement to write a book in 26 days and keep his/her sanity. "No Excuses" is a chapter early on in the book, Rochelle offers up counterarguments to each excuse given. The reader should be able to acknowledge the argument as sound and logical. This book holds not only writing tips, but little tidbits of wisdom that come from writing-the potential writer has some things to look forward too. One of the best parts of this book were the quotes at the beginnings of the short chapters, they fit each chapter perfectly and enabled the reader to think ahead.

The author will attempt to instill patience, a drive for success, and the will to write and polish a novel. Anyone considering writing a novel should pick up this book. Many how-to books can become dry or slightly boring, this book avoids those qualities through real stories, quotes, and the energy behind the author's words.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Claudette J. Young on March 29, 2013
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Write-A-Thon gives me the boost I needed after I read Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way. I'm working my way through it and can already see how this can help me stay on track and accomplish what I need to on a daily basis.

Melander puts everything into a nice, neat, little package that the user can't confuse with anything else. The exercises do what they are intended to do. I'm only a few sections into the book and already see the difference, in attitude toward the work, if in no other way. And there are plenty of ways to this one.

I've thoroughly enjoyed it up to this point and can see no reason why the rest of it won't be a joy as well.
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