NaNoWriMo 2016: Plan & Resources

NaNoWriMo 2016 is well underway. Plotters have their stories outlined. Pantsers have hit the ground running. And aspiring and experienced novelists alike have that 50k word target in their sights. Today let’s talk about the NaNoWriMo writing process — what we’re working on, how we’ve scheduled our writing time during November, and what tools and resources we use to keep us on track. NaNoWriMo 2016:

Free Scrivener Template: Murder Mystery Novel

My next Scrivener template is now available for download: a murder mystery novel template. This one is based on my own template that I’ve been using for my upcoming mystery series. It allows you to plan, outline, and draft your next murder mystery all in one project file. Plus, there’s a place to write up some of your promotional copy, like your book launch press

Novel Planning Tools and Worksheets

We recently talked about preparing for NaNoWriMo during October, and I shared some of my own plans such as using the Snowflake Method for this novel’s outline. Today I’d like to share some of the best resources for helping you plan your NaNoWriMo novel (or any novel for that matter). Here are links to character planning resources and some of my favorite more general tools

Review of Writing the Fiction Series by Karen Wiesner

I’ve made it no secret that I’m a fan of the previous two writers’ reference books from Karen Wiesner — First Draft in 30 Days and From First Draft to Finished Novel. So I was thrilled when she sent me her most recent release for writers, Writing the Fiction Series.  This was a timely read for me. I’m gearing up to take part in my first NaNoWriMo, when I’ll finish

Writing a Screenplay (and Interview with Xandy Sussan) – Screenplay Ideas

You might have seen me mention this before, but I’m about to start on my first screenplay. If you’ve followed my blog(s) for a while, you might also remember that I let you follow along in my process to outline two novels (as a part of a process to compare different novel outlining / drafting methods). I’m planning to do the same with the screenplay

Moving on to a New Novel Outline

I’m happy to say that tomorrow (technically later today at this hour), I should be finished up with writing the outline for the novel I’m referring to here only as Sarah. I still have four days left of my 30-day plan to clean that outline up, fill in any holes, etc., so it’s not quite complete – I’m in the home stretch though. That means

Keeping Track of Subplots While Outlining a Novel

I’m nearly finished outlining a novel (this will be the second completed novel outline with a third starting in a few weeks). The first novel was outlined using The Marshall Plan. The current novel outline is being put together using the plan from First Draft in 30 Days. (The next will be outlined using the plan from Book in a Month, as a means of

Write a Novel in 30 Days – Two Reviews

I mentioned previously that I would be reviewing two similar books here on a topic we don’t talk about much – writing a novel. In the case of these two books, both promise to teach you how to write a first draft of your novel in just 30 days. Why Talk About Novel Writing on a Freelance Writing Blog? There’s nothing to say that freelance

Weekly Writing Challenge: Make Your Settings More Authentic

This week’s writing challenge is for fiction writers, and aimed to help you create more authentic settings for your stories, using a free and easily-accessible tool. My “guy” and I have been thinking about buying a house this coming Spring. Because of that, we’ve been keeping our eye on the market pretty closely. We’re also both interested in older houses with character as opposed to

Writers’ Resources: Novel Writing

Many writers dream of writing and publishing a novel someday. If you’ve caught the novel writing bug, or are already a published novelist looking to improve your craft or technique, here are some novel writing resources that you may find useful: Sites on Novel Writing Fiction Factor Advanced Fiction Writing National Novel Writing Month About Fiction Writing Articles on Writing a Novel Writing Your First