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

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

by Rochelle Melander


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

Find the focus, energy, and drive you need to start—and finish—your book

Everyone has dreamed of writing a book, but so many start writing only to stall out due to writer’s block, mental fatigue, and other challenges. Write-A-Thon helps you overcome those stumbling blocks and complete your book once and for all. And you don’t have to type away for years on end. Here’s a plan that’ll help you write your book—in twenty-six days!

Write-A-Thon gives you the tools, advice, and inspiration you need to succeed before, during, and after your writing race. Solid instruction, positive psychology, and inspiration from marathon runners will give you the momentum to take each step from here to the finish line.

  • Start out well prepared: Learn how to train your attitude, your writing, and your life—and plan your novel or nonfiction book.
  • Maintain your pace: Get advice and inspiration to stay motivated and keep writing.
  • Bask in your accomplishment: Find the best ways to recover and move forward once the marathon is over and you have a completed manuscript in hand.
Writing a book in twenty-six days may seem impossible—especially if you don’t write full time—but in Write-A-Thon , Rochelle Melander will teach you the life skills, performance techniques, and writing tools you need to finish your manuscript in less than a month—guaranteed!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599633916
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 10/18/2011
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.02(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.66(d)

About the Author

Rochelle Melander is an author and professional coach. She has written nine commercially published books for the spiritual market, more than 100 articles and publishes two popular e-zines: Right Now! Notes and Write Now! Weekly Writing Tips. Melander has also written educational materials and many articles for a variety of publications including Citigal Magazine , The Lutheran , Highlights for Children , Youthtalk , Women’s Touch , Decision , and Light and Life.

Melander began her professional career as an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Since 2000, she has been the editor of the popular devotional periodical The Word in Season. In 2007, she branded herself as The Right Now!/Write Now! Coach. In 2006, Melander founded Dream Keepers Creative Writing Workshop, a writing group for at-risk tween and teens in the inner city of Milwaukee. Their work has been lauded by Mayor Tom Barrett of Milwaukee and featured on Wisconsin Public Radio.

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Elizabeth_Cole_Writes More than 1 year ago
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.
eliseseyf More than 1 year ago
Rochelle Melander is the kind of writer I usually love to hate--insanely prolific and multi-talented. But here's the thing--I really like her, and so will you. Sure, she exercises regularly,bakes, beads, gardens AND is a mom AND a pastor AND a much-published author. But she describes her life and her writing routine, and shares her literary tips and tricks, with such charm and good humor that I am much more inspired than intimidated. Melander takes her fellow writers on an exhilarating trip in the fast-lane to the one-month book, covering a wide range of topics (visioning, motivation, dealing with blocks, turning goof-ups into triumphs) that spur the aspiring author to quick success. And if you plan to write at a more leisurely pace? Write-a-thon is every bit as useful to the 25 mph scribe--it's a treasure trove of information that's invaluable at ANY speed.
Icecream18 More than 1 year ago
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.
NikkiWDublin More than 1 year ago
As an unpublished fiction writer, I am ever committed to a writing career despite being a busy mother to two smallies. I have been wishing for a book like Write-A-Thon for years, and am so glad to have it in my writer mama's tool box. It's not designed for mothers in particular, it just happens to fit my circumstances perfectly right now. Not only does Write-a-Thon give me concrete tools and easily-implemented solutions to commit to a regular habit of writing, it consoles, motivates, and compliments my every effort to balance all parts of my life. I have experienced a recent burnout from writing, so I'm finding that Write-A-thon is a very human way to help me get myself on track again.  Right now, I am on day 4 of NaNoWriMo, so I write when the kids are in bed, but this book is seriously right beside me throughout my day. I'm getting so much support and enjoyment from this book, it is packed with advice given in a solid fashion. It is a bonus for me that the author herself is so accomplished, and is herself a parent. She knows what she's talking about. Ms. Melander writes with real thoughtfulness and humanity, without the fat. It really is like having a writing coach right beside me. Best book for writer's lifestyle I have ever found. Invest in this book and your career and life will thank you! Best of luck.
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