Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Behind the Page - Where a novel starts.

All of us here at Reading Between the Wines, including you dear reader, are addicted to books. Doesn’t matter what genre, we do like a variety around here, every book starts out the same way.

Crystal, being the brilliant brain behind the blog, suggested a behind the scenes look at the writing process and how those lovely novels end up in your hands. And since I have written a novel and am beginning to dive into the next stage, I will take you along for the ride and show you what it takes to produce a book.

So where does it all start? Many of our author guests have said they dreamt their book, others saw an event or person that inspired them, and for others they are given an idea and plot out the story from there. And then they all had to sit down and write it.

I would strongly suggest not starting like I did, with a 3 Subject notebook and a pen. Oh the agony of having to type up roughly 70,000 words! But, if you have ever wondered what it would be like to try your hand at writing a novel, November is the perfect time to start!

NaNoWriMo has started! In case this is new verbiage to you it is National Novel Writing Month. You sign up, can get involved in the forums, create a group that will check in on you and your progress, and see if you can make the goal of 50,000 words in a month!

Anita Mumm of Mumm’s Editing Service had a good post about NaNoWriMo here. And Jeffe Kennedy broke down how to get yourself in the writing mode and hit the goal here.

If writing isn’t your thing and you just want more books *raising my hand for more books!* then check out the list of NaNoWriMo successes that have become novels here.

Have any of you attempted a novel before? Or joined NaNoWriMo?

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