Not everyone reaches the words "THE END" on November 30th. Even though it's the last day of National Novel Writing Month, some of you are realizing that you still have 25,000 words to go. Or 50,000. Or 100,000. That's why I'm linking to this pep talk from the exceptional Marie Lu (writer of LEGEND and more). It's an extra push to keep on going. Yes, 30 days in a row of writing is exhausting. But most of the time, it isn't nearly enough.
11/12/2014 For those of you still keeping up with your daily writing, congratulations. While I've been successful with NaNoWriMo in the past, this year is definitely not my year.
For those of you who have only come across finished drafts of novels, this blog post from YA author Scott Westerfeld will give you a small glimpse into what it's like to write your very first draft. It's an ugly, ugly thing.
When we pick up novels from a store, we're looking at polished, shimmering products. But if you take a look at how much work goes into making that happen...well, it's a long, dark process.