Friday, November 14, 2008

Half way through NaNo

You know what I like about NaNo [for the uninitiated that is NaNoWriMo which is short for National Novel Writing Month]? It is actually a pretest to the life of a writer.

Think about it. You send this idea that is ping-ponging in your head off to an editor. They say "Hey, this is cool. We want to buy it." Since you're a multi-pubbed author you are able to sell on an idea. Now you have less than 3 months to get this thing written and edited.

That is what Nano is all about. You have one month [arguably one of the busiest months of the year] to write an entire 50k novel. [Let's be honest, most novels are 80-100k], edit it and turn it in.

That is the writer's life.

Of course, this doesn't take in to account that as a multipublished author you'd likely be marketing other books during this time as well...but that's for another day. So for those of you who are trying at NaNo, whether or not you finish, be encouraged. You're practicing what it is to be a real writer and learning valuable skills in time management. Not to mention you now know Frosted Flakes make a great dinner and the Pizza guy knows your order by address. :-)

Your Coach for the Journey, Tiffany Colter

Tiffany Colter is a writer, speaker and writing career coach who works with beginner to published writers. She can be reached through her website at
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Read Tiffany's award winning manuscript "A Face in the Shadow" on her fiction blog.

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