You need to wait long enough so you are able to critically approach your NaNoWriMo novel and make the tough decisions that are required to perform effective manuscript editing. Some writers don't like the process of revision, but successful writers know the first draft is really just about telling a story; the second draft is about writing a novel.
National Novel Writing Month has arrived, which means it’s time for you to begin writing your 50,000 word novel. Scribendi.com wants you to succeed and, in order to help you, we have a few suggestions.
While it may be true that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, it is also true that the most difficult step of the journey is the final one. Participating in NaNoWriMo is a marathon of writing, and finishing depends solely on you. That being said, Scribendi.com wants to suggest some techniques that will help you cross the finish line.
What is prewriting, you ask? It is simply the first stage of writing and generally includes planning, mapping, research, outlining, storyboarding, and so on. Basically, prewriting is everything that happens before you start “putting words on the page."
Do you have great ideas for a story, but don't have the time to write a full-length novel? Maybe you should consider writing a short story. This podcast details how to turn your ideas into a narrative for a short story, outlines what to include, and provides suggestions on how to organize your thoughts.
Scribendi.com's editors explain what a short story is and offer helpful tips about how to write a short story.
We know it takes a lot to keep the creative fires burning, so we put together a list of the eight best TED Talks for writers to keep you inspired.
As the fabled nemesis of authors for centuries, writer’s block is perhaps the most frustrating thing about being an author. That seemingly impenetrable barrier that, for whatever reason, arises in the mind of an author from time to time can be of overwhelming annoyance, but have no fear, the editors at Scribendi.com are here to help.
Bryan, Scribendi.com's Senior Editor and a published writer, discusses how to write a novel in this webinar. Bryan delved into setting, character, conflict, and structure. He also introduced some of the important elements of a novel, such as theme, tone, and dialogue. Finally, he pointed out the importance of genre, audience, and literary conventions.
Just as front matter is what you find at the beginning of a book, back matter, simply put, is what you find at the end of a book—the sections that appear after the central story has been completed. These sections of back matter are often supplementary in nature, and often inform the reader about some aspect of the book.