Monthly Archives: March 2012

Write a Novel in Nine Weeks

After the rush of Figment Daily Themes is over and I finish a big research project for my English Composition class, I’m going to write a novel in nine weeks.  I’ve never actually finished an entire novel before.  I usually get distracted by writing about new ideas, chatting with friends on Facebook, and “lazy writer syndrome”.  But lately, I’ve been really wanting to actually sit down and write just one book and then complete it.  

I found a neat book on Amazon a few days ago: How to Write Your Novel in Nine Weeks – Bill Dodds 

It was a free ebook when I downloaded it.  Now the price has gone up to $3, but I still recommend it.  I’ve been reading it in my limited spare time, looking for tidbits for my research project (which is going to be on how to publish a book). I also thought it might be a good idea to read it once before I start my nine-week adventure, so have some of his great tips in mind from the very beginning of the writing process. 

I haven’t finished reading it yet, but so far Mr. Dodds has offered some very good tips and encouragement.  His plan seems very doable: about 500 words a day, 6 days a week, for nine weeks.  There’s an average of 2 pages for each day of the process, and each day he focuses on a specific thing, such as research, characters, picking names for places and people, etc.  A few times he gets a bit wordy – to the point of being confusing – or repetitive in an attempt to prove a point.  There are also a few typos and formatting bugs when I view it on my Kindle, but not so many as to be really annoying.  

Throughout the book, he stresses the importance of doing a little each day because it all adds up, and he continually offers encouragement.  I think this is a great book for anyone who’s always wanted to “be a writer” but never had the dedication, encouragement, or road map to do so.  Even if you don’t want to write a novel in nine weeks and are just looking from some tips from someone who’s “been there, done that”, it’s definitely worth the $3.

Have any of you ever finished a novel?  How long did it take you?  What was your “action plan” for finishing your novel?

PS: even if you don’t have a Kindle device, you can still read the ebook by downloading the free Kindle app on your computer, tablet, or smartphone!

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Figment Daily Themes

Some of you may not know, but since January 2012, Figment has been holding an event called “Daily Themes”.  You sign up for the email list and every weekday, they send you a writing prompt.

If you upload your responses to your Figment account and tag at least 10 of them (before March 30th) with DailyThemes, you get a special badge on your profile and a chance to be featured on the Figment homepage!

I know… it’s a little late for most of you now.  But you can still try to crank out 10 responses to the writing prompts in the remaining two days if you really want that badge!  (Sign up here)

If you’d still like to try your hand at the prompts even after the event is over, I’ll be uploading all of them in a PDF and it will be available here on my blog soon!

I think writing a little each day – especially to someone else’s prompt – is a nice challenge that develops your skills and makes you try writing about new subjects you otherwise might never have thought about or dared to try.

Here’s a link to my first Daily Themes response, for the January 9th prompt:

Keep your peepers peeled for three month’s worth of daily prompts heading your way in a few days!

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