The Ultimate Guide to Planning for NaNoWriMo – by Savannah Gilbo…

Some useful tips for those tackling NaWriNoMo this year. Thank you, Savannah Gilbo!

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Happy #Preptober everyone! 🎃👻

I love this time of year. You get to dress in cozy layers, drink hot tea and coffee all day, decorate for Halloween, and consume all things pumpkin spice and cinnamon!

But besides all that, it’s also a month of intense preparation for any writer who’s planning to participate in NaNoWriMo.

What is NaNoWriMo?

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It’s a worldwide write-a-thon that occurs every year during the month of November.

On November 1st, participants start working towards the goal of writing 50,000 words by 11:59 pm on November 30th. That might sound crazy, but it’s a pretty popular event in the #writingcommunity.

Thankfully, there’s still PLENTY of time to prepare!

Why do you need to plan for NaNoWriMo?

The first few times I attempted to write a novel during NaNoWriMo I crashed and burned miserably. I did a lot of things wrong, but…

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Plot vs. Character in Storytelling – by Melissa Donovan…

I recently heard an author say, “When you know your characters, they write the story.” I think that’s applicable to Melissa Donavan’s article here.

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on Writing Forward:

Fiction writing: plot vs. character.

Have you ever struggled with a story idea only to give up because it seems like every plot has already been done?

Maybe you focus on character development to make up for a weak or formulaic plot. Or maybe you focus on plot, only to end up with characters that feel flat, stereotypical, or unsympathetic.

Some stories are plot-driven: they take us through twists and turns that keep readers glued to a story. Others are character-driven: readers keep turning the pages because they’ve become attached to the characters and need to find out what happens to them. But some of the best stories strike a balance between a compelling plot and intriguing characters.

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Paperback Giveaway! Bookstore for Horse Lovers

It’s a celebration now, all right! To honor the global launch of The Bookstore for Horse Lovers, we are giving away a number of fiction and non-fiction horse books signed by the authors!

HORSE BOOKS WRITTEN BY HORSE LOVERS!

We are horse lovers and authors. Each featured author incorporates the nobility, beauty, and unique relationship between horse and human in their writing. Horses have had a profound effect on each of our lives. Thank you for letting us share our stories with you.

WHERE WILL THE STORY TAKE YOU?
There are a number of ways to win, but only one lucky winner will be chosen on Wednesday, September 9th.
You must be 18 years of age to enter.
You must love horse books.
The giveaway begins at 9AM EST on September 1 and ends at midnight September 10th.
One winner will be chosen.
Grand prize: assorted and autographed paperback/hardcover copies of fiction and non-fiction books from our authors.
The winner will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible entries collected during the Entry Period
The winner will be announced on our Instagram @booksforhorselovers on Friday, September 11th.
This giveaway is not endorsed by Instagram or Facebook.

The link to enter is: https://kingsumo.com/g/jfsuls/bookstore-launch-celebration

Good luck!