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Write-A-Thon: Write Your Book in 26 Days (And Live to Tell About It) Paperback – October 18, 2011
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--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
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
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!