Get ready for National Novel Editing Month this March with these tips, originally published on February 2, 2019.
Tony Robbins once said, “If you talk about it, it’s a dream; if you envision it, it’s possible; but if you schedule it, it’s real.” Leaders are those who closely guard their calendars, and for a book-writing endeavor to be real, it must go on the calendar.
But with so much already on your plate, how can you find time to write a book?
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So you’ve finished the next great American novel. Or the next great American top-ten listicle. Now it’s time to talk about the next step: writing your own bio.
Blame Downton Abbey or Kate Middleton’s beautiful wedding, or the fact that we owe over 1,700 English words to Shakespeare. Anglophilia (or love of all things English) is alive and well in much of the United States, and many British rules and styles have crept into common usage in our writing. Let’s take a look at some of the differences between American and British grammar, as explained by The Chicago Manual of Style.
Autumn brings to mind falling leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, and . . . a dissonant symphony of frenzied keyboard tapping? That’s right—we’re talking about the annual, global event known as National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short.
After months of forcing yourself to write regularly, pushing through writer’s block, reconsidering plot points, and diving deep into your characters’ lives, you finally have a finished first draft of your novel.
You know what comes next: editing.
Have you ever gone to bed excited about where your novel is headed, only to wake up completely bewildered as to how your characters got here and what to do with them. Or stared at a computer screen, wondering for the hundredth time how to reword copy to fit into 140 characters without losing any of its charm or humor. Writer’s block . . . it happens to all of us.
After many months of writing, receiving feedback, editing (and repeat), you are confident in the quality of your work and ready to publish, right? Well, let’s not forget the important last step of the final proofread. You’ve come this far. Honor your hard work by not skipping this step, and use these tips to breeze through the process.
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