Book in a Month: The Fool-Proof System for Writing a Novel in 30 Days
If you make time to write and put away all of your excuses, could you stay on track and finish your novel in only a month? With a structured plan and a focused goal, yes, you can!
Using a combination of flexible weekly schedules, focused instruction, and detailed worksheets, author Victoria Schmidt leads you through a proven 30-day novel
I think I might have found this book very appealing during my e ...more
Schmidt's approach requires a systematic way of approaching one's writing. As you move through her book, you fill out various forms (which you can download off of the Writer's Digest website) to create a template for your novel. She explains there reason behind each template and ho ...more
Of the five publications (books) I've had published, I wrote all five on this system of novel building, writing, and revising.
In every case, with no exception, the novels I've written using this book (workbook) ALL WERE PUBLISHED FROM THIS FIRST DRAFT I GENERATED USING BIAM.
BIAM, Book In A Month: Day 1, 2, 3, ...30, are begun with a brief two or three pages of instruction, us ...more
I'm normally very wary about books on writing. I've picked up a few out of curiosity and have ended up with an overwhelming desire to tear their pages out and flush them down the toilet, or set them on fire,
all while screaming "Don't tell me what to do!"
I'm definitely one of the ones who feels like very "structured" classes on writing take away from the creative process. I don't like being told HOW to do things. This is probably a character flaw of mine. I'm working on ...more
Still, I feel compelled to mention, not all books can be written in a month. The BIAM process was written and is used by a career fiction writer who writes formulaic books. With that being said, if you are writing a romance novel there are certain rules you must follow.
When you follow all those rules, you ...more
I was surprised by how much of this book dwelt on self-esteem, and the resistance that writers give themselves in self-sabotage. So... I was impressed. This isn't a tick off the box, you have to write exactly this much daily, it was a take care of yourself, but also realize that you need to take some baby steps before you chang ...more
I then tried to put its advice into practice during NaNoWriMo, and realised that there were a few sections where the author listed actions that you should do on a particular day (or gave headings to fill in on a worksheet) but then didn't actually explain what those activities meant, or suggest any examples. So sometimes it ...more
I was most impressed by the first third of the book that aims to eliminate the resistance that I know I, as a first time novel writer, deal with every day. After ...more
That said, Schmidt does have a day-by-day worksheet layout (you can find the worksheets online for free) so that you just might be able to write the book--or at least parts of it--within a month.
Lots of help, and Schmidt has an online ...more
PDF's of the worksheets are available online, but thorough explanations are in the book.
I liked No Plot, No Problem better. This one is not as motivational and the pages you are supposed to write your progress and ideals on are very small. I may or may not use it in the future. This book is for when you're ready to write. You have all three ACTS written out to give you a guideline and you know which genre you are writing in and in which voice you are going to write.