NaNoWriMo Link Correction

November will be here tomorrow and it will be greeted by NaNoWriMo, the annual writing challenge that pushes you to write a book (50K words) in a month. I will not be participating in this challenge as I am preparing my books for a mega expo the first weekend in December (get details here – http://bit.ly/ffbookfest).

However, this doesn’t limit my ability to cheer on my fellow writers. In addition to finding activities in your local communities, here are a few resources you can reach out and make use of. I hope this proves to be a worthy challenge for you and that you write your best book ever.

What is NaNoWriMo and How to Do It

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Write Nonfiction in November (WNFIN) 

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Four Reasons to Participate in NaNoWriMo

How to Prepare for NaNoWriMo

NaNoPlanno

How to Rock NaNoWriMo This November

Camp NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo Word Count Calendar

NaNoWriMo Survival Kit for Beginners

My Camp NaNoWriMo Survival Kit

Writer’s Survival Kit

NaNoWriMo Preptober

NaNoWriMo Top 10 Survival Items

47 Insider Tips for Winning NaNoWriMo

Participating in NaNoWriMo 2017? Caution!

Bonus: For Educators: NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program

Writer Resources Well Worth a Click

Today you will find a list of writer resources that are well worth a click. They offer online inspiration across all genres. We’ve assembled a dozen writing communities and websites that offer usable publishing inspiration. If you haven’t availed yourself of any of these, give them a try. It could be that you are only a click away from a new writing colleague, fresh publishing ideas, and on-the-ready resources to build your writing career.

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FICTION UNIVERSITY – A haven for fiction writers. You will find insight into the publishing industry and how to work with (or around) some guidelines at this site.

NAIL YOUR NOVEL – Writing, publishing and self-publishing advice from a bestselling ghostwriter and book doctor. There’s a course on how to become a ghostwriter and a course from Joanna Penn on how to write a novel.

EVERY WRITER – Here you will find everything you can imagine about writing. You will find info on avoiding writer’s block, how to construct a website, writing tools and writing contests.

Writing Resources

SHE WRITES – This is the world’s largest online community for women writers. You will find almost 30K members, 35K+ pieces of content and more than 300 groups.

WRITER 2.0 – This podcast covers the gamut of writing and publishing topics. A quick check noted shows about travel airplane books, horror, transitioning to full-time writing, travel writing crash course and much more.

THE NEXT BIG WRITER – This is a unique offering of an online writing workshop and community. You can receive feedback on your writing, contests, groups and published books that have been workshopped on the site.

NONFICTION WRITERS ASSOCIATION – Resources, resources and resources! Here you will find forums, checklists, templates, an annual online writers’ conference, and local chapter meetings throughout the U.S. and Canada. [Two Thumbs Up – Sandee hosted this network in her city for a year].

PEN & PRO$PER – This site is billed as “required reading for a smarter writing career.” The site emphasizes the financial success of the writer.

WRITERS HELPING WRITERS – What’s your desire? How about a descriptive thesaurus, webinars, workshops, a writing coach, a bookstore, and general writing tips. And ‘One Stop for Writers.’ This is the place to be to elevate your storytelling.


WRITER’S DIGEST FORUM
– This site is an unlimited source for writing, publishing, editing and other features of the industry. You’ll find answers to questions you hadn’t thought to ask, but thankfully, someone else did. And the site links back to the website of the Writer’s Digest.

FUNDS FOR WRITERS – A delightful award-winning writer, Hope Clark, offers a weekly newsletter full of competitions, grants, and related publishing resources. There are two versions of this newsletter – one free and one fee-based. You don’t want to skip this timely resource.

CREATIVE WRITING FORUMS – This is one of the largest creative writing communities on the web. They offer resources to enable writers to reach their goals by offering “a collaborative community, comprehensive resources, and needs-driven tools.”

There should enough of whatever you need on this list to advance your publishing career. Don’t be a lone writer – join a community of your peers to help your writing flourish.

Low-Cost and No-Cost Resources to Polish Up Your Writing Skills

If you’ve written even the first paragraph of a book, you know that writing to be published is different from other forms of writing. Quite often your writing addresses a single individual or a small group, and the format can be informal. However, when writing to publish to a larger audience, your writing takes on new criteria and carries certain rules. Observing these rules – or sometimes breaking them – is what leads to your personal writing style.

On the other hand, you could realistically be concerned with whether or not your writing is appropriate for your audience. You don’t want to invest time in a writing project only to find out that your skills are outdated. Or even worse, to find out no one wants to read what you’ve written.

For a self-check, you may want to try one or a combination of the following resources:

Online Forums – Have you participated in an online forum? They’re everywhere. Simply do a search using a number of different search titles. Then follow the sign-up criteria and began to dialogue.
You’ll find hundreds of questions and answers to the very issues that concern you. And you can find juicy research data just waiting to be harvested. Be sure to add to the conversation with some references or other information you’d like to share.

Consider these online writer’s forums:

Writer’s Groups – There are a number of ways you can test your skills prior to publishing your book. You can begin by joining local writing groups where you write and critique each other’s content.

Online writers’ groups abound. Some advertise on your social media sites or you can search online. A writers’ group can be a great encouragement and offer suggestions to better your work. This tactic has given birth to any number of writers who previously felt their work was sub-par.

Check your local paper or the internet for online groups in your area. Also, visit www.meetup.com to see if any groups are started near you. Use a variety of search titles such as “writer’s groups” or “first-time authors” or “online writing group.” You’ll better your chances if you vary the search topics. If you can’t find a group, you may consider starting one yourself.

If these first two tactics are outside your reach (local writers’ group or an online group), contact friends you know and ask for assistance. Make it known that you are a first-time author looking for others to collaborate with. Someone’s bound to know of a connection.

Consider these online writer’s groups:

Writing Courses – Have your grammar muscles atrophied? Perhaps you can’t remember how adverbs work. It’s not a problem. Find a course you can commit to and update your skills. You’ll have a broad selection to choose from, either locally or online. A community college may offer the course you’re looking for, or a local writer’s group may offer workshops or courses. Sometimes you can find a refresher course at a local writer’s event.

Be sure the course you take will upgrade your skills. Don’t take a fiction course focused on character building if you’re a non-fiction writer. You’ll waste your time and money. Instead, look for a course to strengthen your writing weaknesses. Here are a few courses I’ve discovered which may be of interest to you (current as of this printing):

Make use of the appropriate resource that meets your need. Remember to check your local colleges and universities and local writers’ groups for workshops and courses that may be available. Polishing up your writing skills could upgrade your bottom line.

This content is an excerpt from my first book in the Book-Possible series, “Publish Your First Book Now!” available on Amazon.com.