Thursday, October 21, 2010

Nanowrimo Time Again

November is National Novel Writing Month. Writing a novel of 50 000 words doesn’t seem so bad – that is until you try doing it. This year I am determined to finish it – I need a rough draft done of a romance novel I have waiting in the wings for some time.

So how does nanowrimo work?

Easy. You register on the website, do a little planning if you like and come November 1, you start writing your novel and update the word count on the website. From November 25 you upload your writing (which can be encoded) for verification and if you succeed in writing the 50 000 you get a badge for your website.

So, now to finish everything else I might need to do in November in order to get ready to write!

Writers Need to Diversify to Make Money

I came across a blog post on Rachelle Gardner's blog today - it was a guest post by Chuck Sambuchino, the author of How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack , Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript and 2010 Guide to Literary Agents advising writers to embark on a variety of writing in order to keep the wolf from the door.

This is sound advise and although fiction writers would like nothing more than to be able to concentrate on the characters in their stories, the reality is that we need to write in other genres, like non-fiction in order to supplement our income. I have numerous blogs and web sites that I write for and I'm writing articles for on travel. The point is, if you love writing, you should try to make a living from writing - no matter what type of writing it is.

Take a look at the post and please tell me what you think and do you write other stuff in order to make money?