In the spirit of NaNoWriMo, I knew there had to be other opportunities to practice writing outside of writing a novel. For example, I pursue my writing aspirations on my blog site here. I have entered writing competitions for literary magazines as well. I haven’t made a single cent, but it keeps me happy. So there had to be more opportunities out there. Then I came across Writing for Quick Cash by Loriann Hoff Oberlin.
I have found another treasure for those completing their NaNoWriMo: Writing Your Story! challenge or want help improving their writing . It is called The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing by Writer’s Digest. It is a bulky book that can intimidate, but if you get past the size. It is an uncut gem to improving your writing skill.
One of my goals for the year has been to improve my writing. It may seem like a lofty goal, but there are thousands of books about writing in general. One of my favorite books that I have used in helping improve my writing is the Everything Guide to Writing Your First Novel.
I think the best advice is how to format your writing presented within the book. It explains different plot structures that authors can use to write their ideas into a full story. It also offers ideas on character creation, which is an important element to story telling. Each aspect of writing is written with details and simple language for anyone to understand. The guide is easy to use and laid out in a logical manner for the beginners.
Last year, I introduce the challenge of NaNoWriMo. It is the challenge to write a novel within a month. It is a challenge that many people may have on their bucket list. It is on mine. I haven’t accomplished it yet, but after finals, I am thinking of taking the challenge. But until I can undertake the challenge. I looked into tips for writing. That is where I came across No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Bay.
If you look at books on advice for writing, everyone has their set of suggestions. A lot of the books share the same advice with nothing new or innovative to offer to the newbie writer. That is not how Richard Skinner approached teaching his audience about novel writing in Writing a Novel.
Most high schoolers either dread English class or love it. I was part of the dreaded group and I know I was not alone. The funny thing was I loved to read books and write creative stories. I just needed … the right push. Thanks To Mr. K from my senior year at high school I got to participate in an amazing program that helps young writers. It is called NaNoWriMo.