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Write-A-Thon: Write Your Book in 26 Days (And Live to Tell About It)

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  • Posted January 27, 2013

    I didn't read Rochelle Melander's Write-A-Thon until after I fin

    I didn't read Rochelle Melander's Write-A-Thon until after I finished my first novel. That's a shame, because the whole process would have been a lot easier! The book is a wonderful step-by-step guide that offers tips and encouragement without getting too rah-rah. And by the way, the book doesn’t advise writing a epic novel in 26 consecutive days. It’s really about finding 26 “work” days to write, while blocking in planning time and rest days during the process. 

    Melander knows that the process of writing begins long before the first word gets written. So Write-A-Thon’s first section covers preparation, motivation, and exercises to get (and keep) the creative process going. The second part covers the actual "writing" bit, with advice, checklists and reminders to help you churn out the all-important zero draft. And the final section talks about recovery (essential for sanity!), the editing process, and next steps. 

    The best part about Write-A-Thon is that you can use it in several ways. Yes, you can follow the steps to crank out a book in 26 days. But you can also dip into the book and reread just the parts you need right now. Every short chapter has quotes and anecdotes from writers on various aspects of the craft. Maybe you’re not writing a full book. You might just need a reminder to tell yourself how to self-edit effectively. Maybe it's looking at all the steps to flesh out a character before you start the novel writing proper. Maybe you need to reassess you schedule. You can do all of that here. Write-A-Thon is just as much a toolkit and coach as it is a book to read through. 

    I plan to keep this on my shelf for when I tackle the project that’s been daunting me (writing a nonfiction business advice book). If you have a book in your head, but you’re not sure how to get in on paper, I recommend Write-A-Thon as a great place to start.

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  • Posted October 26, 2011

    Live To Read

    Many people want to write a book, but few actually take a stab at it. Rochelle Melander gives the average person the tools, advice, and encouragement to write a book in 26 days and keep his/her sanity. "No Excuses" is a chapter early on in the book, Rochelle offers up counterarguments to each excuse given. The reader should be able to acknowledge the argument as sound and logical. This book holds not only writing tips, but little tidbits of wisdom that come from writing-the potential writer has some things to look forward too. One of the best parts of this book were the quotes at the beginnings of the short chapters, they fit each chapter perfectly and enabled the reader to think ahead.

    The author will attempt to instill patience, a drive for success, and the will to write and polish a novel. Anyone considering writing a novel should pick up this book. Many how-to books can become dry or slightly boring, this book avoids those qualities through real stories, quotes, and the energy behind the author's words.

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