- File Size: 3033 KB
- Print Length: 123 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Misque Press; 4 edition (November 15, 2012)
- Publication Date: November 15, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A8J0W4M
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #523,697 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
30 Day Novel (How to write a book in a month) Kindle Edition
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My one regret, I read this after I'd written my first book, she would have saved me so much time.
As a writer I've always been the guy who writes off the cuff, but Tara helped me see the value of laying your groundwork, writing backwards (sometimes), and realizing that the story doesn't necessarily start with your original seed scene in the first chapter.
Very good tips on plot/subplot and supporting characters as well.
As I said before, the best part is the clarification on the fifteen beat novel outline. Many people shun novel templates but Tara does a great job of helping you realize that your novel can still be completely unique and original even when using the same approach.
Although I'm still writing my novel, Tara's guide helped me create a sturdy outline that gave me the depth I needed as a writer in order to naturally begin to foreshadow and shape my characters more organically to the plot. This helps immensely because you finally have a general idea of where everything is going, and how things are going to finalize. I believe this is very important, because the reader has to have the sense that the writer is taking them somewhere, and not just feeling around aimlessly.
Tara's guide helped add purpose, direction, and depth to my characters and plot. I highly recommend you check it out if that's what you're struggling with!
Barbara A. Whittington, author
Ezra and Other Stories
Dear Anne: Love Letters from Nam
As some of you might know I'm attempting to do JuNoWriMo. I hadn't planned on doing this but it been a while since I put out the effort for NaNoWriMo and I missed writing like that. Like what? You may ask. Like a crazy idiot who'd just vomits words. When ideas fly around your head and make you crazy. When plot-bunnies plot to kill you. Yeah, I'm not sure why I'm doing it either. And with two days of thunderstorms where the electricity goes out, I'm two days behind now. But I think I could make up two days.
I did one novel where I outlined the socks out of it long before I started writing in November. That book turned out to be the very best book I've written so far. So as much as I enjoy the creativity of seat-of-your-pants writing I like to have a bit of a plan as I go into it. Then if some crazy ideas take hold of me I know how to find my way back to the plan.
Tara Maya's 30 Day Novel works using outlines and storyboards and other great ideas. Some of these ideas I have tried before and they didn't work quite so well as I would've wanted. But she spells out the process in a way that I can understand and I may institute some of these ideas in my plans, maybe for November's novel. It's kind of too late for this one. Although if I get too far behind for JuNoWriMo, I may institute some of these ideas for Camp Nano in July.
This is a quick read and the author keeps it moving along. I highly recommend it to all writers to glean what they can from it.
That being said, the brevity and clarity of these points also means that it is not a how-to for writing- or an advanced guide. It gets the ball rolling and keeps the essentials in mind without much of the "Duh!" stuff.
The Kindle format is easier to read than many others, and I generally avoid e-versions.