Moira Katson con NaNoPlaMo: National Novel Planning Month: A Couch to 50k Book (English Edition)
My first novels were messes. Oh, don't get me wrong, they were glorious messes - first novels are full of passion. They're audacious. You learn a ton from writing them. But mine, like many people's, were messes.
And sometimes I get really bummed out by the idea of how cool those stories could have been if I'd known what the %&^* I was doing.
So I put together this book. You've heard of Couch to 5k, designed to get you up off the couch and running a race? Well, this is Couch to 50k, getting you to those 50,000 words - and I don't want to brag, but in mine, you don't even have to get off the couch.
As you can tell from the name, it's made to go with National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) but you can complete this series of steps any old time of year. Read on to see if this book is right for you, and learn a little more about it!
Is this book right for me? The million-dollar question. Here's the deal: some people learn best by jumping straight into the deep end, thrashing around, and more than likely not winding up with the product they want the first, second, or even third time. This is a valid way to do things, and if this is how you learn best, then this course is probably not the best thing for you. Skip right to NaNoWriMo, and come back if you decide later that you'd like to try a course!
If, on the other hand, you either prefer doing research or workbooking as a learning method, or if you've started into NaNoWriMo before only to get overwhelmed and quite, then this book very well might be right for you. Keep reading!
What sort of things will I learn? This course has the best tips and tricks I know for planning out a novel, distilled from experience and research - tricks for making compelling heroes, villains, and settings; the art of understanding and working with readers' expectations; structuring an outline; a list of things that are infuriating to write but very compelling to read; and quite a few other modules. There will be worksheets at the end of some chapters, both to help you put the information into practice and so that you can repeat this process for your next novels once you're more familiar with it. There will also be a bibliography of articles, books, and other resources I've found.
Ready? Awesome! Let's dive in!