About one month ago, I posted saying that I decided to bet on myself and start writing my first novel. So far, the first draft sucks and reads a lot like cave-man language, but we all once traced letters in a swigged font before learning to write our names, huh. I’ve got to start somewhere!
Anyway, today I reached 36,500 words mark. Almost half of the first draft is done- Bazinga! I’ve to say, the eid vacation (a week) helped get some millage out of me.
Now enough about me. Here are three awesome resources for the budding writer who is slaving away at his/her first novel.
Download this program right now! I saw many people swearing by it online, and I didn’t believe them until I actually tried it. It is the best writing software out there. It is easy to get lost when writing the first novel, but it made it easy to combine everything in one place, which you can later export in all sorts of formats (including epub!).
I’ll dedicate a whole post to it soon.
You can download a trial here: https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php
2- Fiction writing for dummies
I’ll admit: I didn’t expect much out of this book, after taking a look at the Japanese for dummies one. Yet, as it turns out, it is actually very well organized and includes guides you from plotting to finding a publisher.
What it doesn’t tell you about though is proof reading and such. It is not a grammar book.
I also recommend you take a look at blog of Randy Ingermanson, one of the authors. He explains a method he calls “snowflake” for designing a novel. http://www.advancedfictionwriting.com/articles/snowflake-method/
3- Terrible minds blog by Chuck Wendig
This blog is my motivation bible! It was got my started. One of the posts, ‘25 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT WRITING A NOVEL’, is the reason I’m so determined to finish my first novel. The first commandment was “FINISH THE SHIT THAT YOU STARTED”. That’s what I call tough love!
It has great tips and information, so check it out:
- My Third Week Learning Scrivener (lovindanger.wordpress.com)
- Using Scrivener and Evernote to Write Your Book (everythingscrivener.wordpress.com)
- What I Can’t Write Without… (everythingscrivener.wordpress.com)