Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Be Successful This NaNoWriMo with Idea Sparks!

Hey everyone! I'm excited to have my friend and author Michelle Lim here today talking about writing and her new book. If you're a writer, then you've heard of NaNoWrimo. Writing a book in a month! Michelle has some great tips and her new book is loaded with them. Welcome, Michelle! Take it away.

How to NaNoWrimo with Success - Idea Sparking Style

Are you crazy enough to try to write a novel in a month? I am. Two years of success and one of failure have taught me a few strategies to keep my novel-in-a-month plan on track.

NaNoWriMo success and failure comes down to a few key elements. Not caffeine, chocolate, or bon bons. These indulgences might help you be successful, but they won’t be the determining factors.

Success on the thirty-day novel path involves determination, a support group, writing reflection, and inspiration. The determination is something you will have to glean from inside yourself, but the rest can be purposefully sought out and planned.

How to NaNoWriMo with Success - Idea Sparking Style:

*Determination. Writing a novel in a month takes Olympic style determination. Find articles, short stories, and pictures that inspire you to keep pushing past the pain of this journey. Pin them up around your writing space or keep them next to you to look at when you need them.

*Gather Your Support Group. Mentors, writing pals, encouragers, and accountability buddies are key to your writing success. Connect with these friends as you begin your thirty-day novel journey and plan how they can help. Bringing in dinner, calling to talk about your story, reminding you that you are brilliant are all things that will keep you going in the difficult moments.

*Reflection and Inspiration. After my experiences on the thirty-day novel journey, I realized that writers needed a resource to help them on the writing journey. That inspired my new book: Idea Sparking: 30 Idea Sparks to Write a Novel in a Month.

My newest release: Idea Sparking: 30 Idea Sparks to Write a Novel in a Month is a great way to help you spark your novel.  Why?
Idea Sparking: 30 Idea Sparks to Write a Novel in a Month accompanies an author on a thirty-day novel journey. Daily idea prompts assist authors in finding the inspiration to write. With personal experience insights and goal setting reflections, this book is the perfect resource for the writer who wants to write a novel in a month, or the author looking for a resource for their everyday writing journey. What you will find in this incredible resource:

*A weekly inspirational focus to get you ready to write
*Daily Idea Sparks to spark your creativity and get you writing
*Mini writing craft tips that enhance your writing
*Daily Mid-day Milestones with thought-provoking questions to improve writing habits
*Weekly Check-Ups to retune your process to set you up for success

Have you ever written a novel in a month? What helped you on the journey?

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s Genesis winning romantic suspense is represented with Books & Such Literary Agency. Michelle’s New Release - Idea Sparking: 30 Idea Sparks to Write a Novel in a Month releases October 27th. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories. Connect with Michelle as , @MichelleLim24 on Twitter, and Facebook.

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  1. I have never written a novel in a month, but I'm hoping to soon! :)

  2. Yay! I know you can totally do it, Laurie! When I am on Ally Cats on Friday I will give some age specific tips to Moms with children during NaNo. They might help. You can totally write a novel in a month.


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