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

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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 p
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by Writer's Digest Books (first published September 20th 2011)
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Brigid ✩ Cool Ninja Sharpshooter ✩
I enjoyed this book for the most part. I felt some parts of it were kind of redundant and/or self-explanatory, but it also had some very good advice and it did motivate me to get writing again.
Mike
Nov 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a very well written book of ideas, tips and process to write a book within 26 days (and survive). I will definitely read this book again as it is loaded with useful ideas, many of which have application broader than writing. Very well done!!

4.5 Stars
Rose
Rochelle Melander's "Write A Thon" is one of those books that I think is in general a great coaching and motivational guide to writing. It takes a psychological based approach to writing in that it examines barriers to the writer for why they are not as productive as they'd like to be, and addresses ways of moving past the blocks that may occur when writing a book.

Upon my first read of it, I lamented the fact that it's not really a sequential day-by-day approach to writing a novel like other gu
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Jakenv
Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This belongs in every writers library. Not only does author give a clear concise plan for writing your book in short span of time but she provides all types of additional reference material. Found myself reading with clearer understanding of process for successful pursuit of writing career.
Birgit
Nov 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A lot of people are participating in NaNoWriMo during the month of November, yet writing a book can be achieved any time. In Write-A-Thon Rochelle Melander suggests that everyone is capable of writing a book in 26 days.
Everyone who ever wanted to write a book but felt discouraged by countless reasons why it might not be such a good idea after all, will get the boost they need. This guide offers lots of advice, from writing tools and techniques to helpful exercises, but most of all, Rochelle enco
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Aurora Dimitre
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was good. I have completed NaNoWriMo about five times, though, so I didn't really gain much new from it. But it wasn't bad, and also subscribed to the best writing advice: Just do it.
Niina
Nov 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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I have never come across book that lets you know how to get a novel out and not dance around it and your writing issues - that as effective as this!

I've got a Project Journal now, and a Story Bible! And I sort of had one before on some loose notes at the back of my drawer... ahem, just call me professional. But as I read this book it came naturally to get everything out and ready, and I was excited to do
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Jocelyn Koehler
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 o
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Chris Bridges
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Finished the book amazing I need to get the book because this one is a keeper. I can easily see myself coming back to it.

Exercise and list suggestions that help you throughout your writing life. All the list ideas are pure gold.

Engaging fun writing style. I will be looking for other books by her.

A mix of encouragement and a kick in the pants. Love the quotes and inspiration sprinkled through the book.
Nicola Mckenna
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 complime
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ILoveBooks
Oct 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Linda
Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I have several shelves of writing books and this one is in the place of honor. Instead of being shelved it rests on top of the other books -- with the top higher than the bottom. Otherwise all the words would rush to the top and give me a headache. Rochelle Melander does a wonderful job getting you from point A to Z without "making" you do it her way. She gives you 3 or 4 ways to accomplish a task so you can successfully write your book YOUR way.
I've written a book in 90 days, but never 26. I p
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Hunter
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Not really about running a writing marathon like NaNoWriMo, but for me - more about getting into the full mindset of a writer, using many helpful exercises ranging from a visualisation process, to setting up environmental routines for the writer's day.

The book jumps from process to mindset, to exercises, back to process, which I sometimes found jolted my learnings, and there is a long double index at the back.

But of the many writing craft books out there that I've read and studied, I can serio
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Kimberly [Come Hither Books]
Write-A-Thon is a useful guide for anyone heading into a fast, focused writing endeavor. Quick exercises prepare you for the big event as you stretch your writing muscles and plan your route. The advice is inspirational and easy to implement. It doesn't ask for too many details, so it doesn't sap your energy to get started by overplanning. But it does help you develop a realistic plan for what's ahead.

Each chapter has the perfect quote, and the final section consists of short motivational pieces
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Debra Brenegan
Nov 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Rochelle Melander’s latest book is a gift to all of us who want to write a book. She takes the mystery out of the process, breaks the whole intimidating ordeal down into steps that anyone can handle. Using the metaphor of running a marathon, Melander aptly guides would-be authors through the training process and cheers them on all the way to the finish line. Loaded with examples, tips and down-to-earth strategies, this book is a must-have for anyone who dreams of really really writing that book ...more
Rebekah
Jul 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
I bought this back in the heat of NaNo last November, but didn't pick it up until after two (or three?) write a book quickly guides. While I think this would be very motivational for someone who's looking for an impetus, I've kind of lost faith in the write it fast mentality and daily word counts. Sure, I'm able to drop 500 words in a twenty minute session, but I'd like to have a little more direction on plotting and revision.
Scott Haworth
Sep 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: writing-books
A lot of it was stuff I knew already, but somehow it felt good to have a reminder, like taking a refresher course. Lots of common sense advice, and the marathon analogy works well throughout. I ended up skimming a lot of it, though.
Anne
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: writing-craft
Not much here in terms of tips that you can't find elsewhere. I thought it would help me with plotting so that I could get a book written in a short amount of time. But this is not a plotting book, more of a personal encouragement book saying that you can do it, but does not tell you how.
Brian Bundesen
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great approach to writing projects. Gave a great, step by step, organized progression to preparing and writing. I'm implementing right now on my first project, and it's principles have been a great help.
Angela
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Excellent resource and go-to book for planning your attack for the big writing project you never quite got off the ground. Seriously considering this as a "textbook" for my Writing Fiction class next year.
Naftoli
Jun 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
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