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. donnagephart.com
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
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.
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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!