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30 Day Novel (How to write a book in a month) by [Maya, Tara]
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  • File Size: 3033 KB
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  • Publisher: Misque Press; 4 edition (November 15, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 15, 2012
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This book wasn't really about NaNoWriMo, in fact if you are already in the middle of the challenge it might actually stop you completing, because it is going to make you go back and do your preparation first. That isn't however, to criticise it at all, because she is more interested in you producing decent work than writing fast. She goes against the current trend of writing lots of garbage fast and then going back and correcting it. As she has said, she only ended up with a few failed half finished drafts by taking that route. I agree with her entirely that there has to be a balance. The result will be more satisfying to you, both in the enjoyment of the process and in the quality of the result. She is a big believer in plot. I think the best thing that I got from this book was her description of falling out of love with writing when she went full time and learning to get the magic back. It is to this part of the book I will always return.
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Tara Maya eliminates your excuses, now it just requires you read, and put in the time in the chair typing away. Her tips on plots, characters, settings, dialogue, what to do when you get stuck, and outlining (YES OUTLINING), help the beginner and the no longer a rookie to take on the daunting task of fulfilling a bucket list dream or penning a sequel. I'm rereading after having taken her workshop because it's quick, painless and true in addition to being encouraging and demanding at the same time.

My one regret, I read this after I'd written my first book, she would have saved me so much time.
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This book is short, but doesn't miss anything important. She skips the fluff and filler--thank goodness. 4 stars because it needs more examples outside of her books (which I have not read). Also--lots of spelling/grammar errors--needed to be proofed. Great content, though!
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'm calling it! Yes this is definitely the best non fiction book I've read in months. The art of self publishing is a black one, the art of planning and writing a book to begin with is even darker. Disciplined authors who do all their planning up front are a wonder to me, being someone who starts with a few ideas, then writes, then revisits - the whole process being a slightly iterative one. I've read books and articles on blogging by writers who offer all sorts of advice about doing copious planning in advance, dedicating a set amount of time to write each day, but its not me. What we have in this book, is a self confessed seat of the pants writer showing you how to manage that approach, reeling you back in with practical activities and tools you can use to get planning earlier (quickly and efficiently I might add) to save you time rewriting and reams of editing later. The book is short, simply written and practical. There's an understanding that we all can't sit down and dedicate time to writing - jobs, kids, homes, friends - they all get in the way. Tara recognises this and encourages you to use your time more efficiently - even if it's just thinking about your writing project. Of all the books on writing I've read over the years, this is one of the few that got me switching off my computer, pulling out post it notes and marker pens and really, really planning. Although I'd already started my current work in progress, it has changed the shape of it considerably and more importantly I'm rattling through it at a rate of knots. I'd wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in writing, professionally or not. If you're not sure where to start or struggling to finish, this is a book you should download today.
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I am a struggling new fiction author.

I have made my career out of writing for others, but now I want to write for myself.

I have purchased SO MANY books on how to write fiction. Books like:

+ How To Write A Damn Good Novel
+ Techniques Of The Selling Writer
+ On Writing
etc.

But what I really liked about this book was how practical it was. I have pages of notes that I took from reading this of things that I can try tonight when I sit down to write again - things I am excited to try.

I am very grateful for any and all information that I learn that will make me a better writer and this book is full of just such information.

THANKS!
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I have recommended this book several tiles to my friends. Tara Maya 's ideas are presented clearly and in an interesting way. She adds humour and personal commentary in sparingly. She not only gave wonderful advice, she backed it up with why it will be helpful. I have been inspired by this book in my own writing. It is well worth the $4.99 asking price.
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Another book to add to my reference library. Tara Maya pares down writing rules and makes them easily understood. She takes the writer by the hand and leads him though the process step by step. I'd recommend this to anyone who is interested in writing, especially newbies. Getting off on the right foot is important.

Barbara A. Whittington, author
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This is a book I'm going to have to read again and again. It is chock-full of ideas both light and serious in the art of writing.

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.
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