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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. 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
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!
I bought this book for myself and really loved the bite-sized steps to producing what seemed like an overwhelming task. Read morePublished 18 months ago by L. Brown
I suppose the author has to be congratulated for having her book published. But I would have thought it a good idea to tell us how to write a book in 26 days. Read morePublished on April 12, 2013 by WritingBoy
The book has a lot of advices, some a bit repetitive, but nothing more. I don't see why the time limit in the title, as it doesn't really give an schedule of how to achieve that,... Read morePublished on March 2, 2013 by Lorena
I didn't read Rochelle Melander's Write-A-Thon until after I finished my first novel. That's a shame, because the whole process would have been a lot easier! Read morePublished on January 21, 2013 by Jocelyn Koehler
Can you write a novel in twenty-six days? Rochelle Melander, the author of WRITE-A-THON, believes that you can. Read morePublished on August 26, 2012 by Tom Farr
Rochelle gives us key insights and valuable information in Write A Thon. I've used several of her techniques to get me going on my current novel, however, I'm still in the first... Read morePublished on July 9, 2012 by Lynda D. Brown
Write-A-Thon is a book that will get you writing - lots of interesting and motivating exercises. It's motivated me to sit down and be serious about my writing. Read morePublished on March 26, 2012 by Katherine E Douglass
..writing your novel! It deprograms the negative mindset we all have, whether from a dysfunctional childhood or a bitter divorce. Read morePublished on January 6, 2012 by Salsasuesue
If you are a writer in training to accomplish ANY literary goal, Rochelle Melander is the coach for you. Read morePublished on January 5, 2012 by E. Seyfried