How To Write A Book in 30 Days

murjanian:

NaNoWriMo is here! Whoo!!

I’ll be updating my word count later today. I’m really excited about this novel ^__^

Originally posted on The Honest Author:

Is it possible to write a book in 30 days? Yes! I’ve done it twice.

With NaNoWriMo coming up I thought it might be good to supplement Becky’s How NOT to write a book in 30 days with a How TO write a book in 30 days post.

A little background on my credentials first …

In the last five years I have written 14 novels (each around 82,000 words). My latest book, Come Back To Me (out in paperback today!), took me 6 weeks to write.

I worked on it full time – about 7 hours a day, knocking out about 6000 words on average a day (an ability to touch-type helps!). I had a deadline from my publisher Pan Macmillan which is why I worked so fast. But actually, all my books take me about 6-8 weeks to write. I am lucky to have a lot of writing and screenwriting…

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Episode Fifty-Five: Ebola Doesn’t Want YOU.

murjanian:

There it is folks. Let’s all be a bit smarter.

Originally posted on Tales From the Hilltop:

One of the truest things I’ve heard about the American public came from an episode of The Wire. It’s when a detective was asked if people would believe a story that may or may not have actually happened. His response was pure genius:

“By in large, people are pretty stupid, especially here in America. We pretty much believe everything we’re told.”

That, right now, hasn’t been any truer than the American public’s general reaction to an outbreak of a deadly virus called Ebola. This virus, which was made its way in the continental United States, has infected only a handful of people in the U.S. since its arrival last month. However, the chaos and mass hysteria that has come with it would have you believe we have a pandemic that’s going to challenge the Black Plague of Middle Eastern Europe on our hands.

Yes, it true: is certain countries…

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#WriterWednesday: How to get started

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A few weeks ago, I was asked on twitter how to get started as a writer. I wasn’t sure what I really could offer to him—I’m not a published author just yet, I haven’t won any awards, and I’m sure a lot of people don’t know that I even exist.

But nonetheless, I was very flattered that this guy had asked me how to get started. And my advice was very generic—just start writing. I had a few other tidbits in there and I’ll cover those in a minute.

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#WriterWednesday: My Writing Process

Hey guys!

Apologies for the very late #WriterWednesday post—I’ve had a very busy day today.

First, NaNoWriMo is almost upon us, and I can’t wait! Now that that’s out the way…

Today I wanted to share my writing process. It’s very simple really; I usually have an idea, or some vague picture of an idea and I will form something from that. Once I have the important stuff down (genre, characters), I usually like to write in my notebook.

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I will not be censored.

murjanian:

This breaks my heart.

For #WriterWednesday, instead of me posting about something I’m doing, I’d like you guys to read this and follow the call to action at the end. Post your thoughts below.

Originally posted on juliamarchese:

It absolutely breaks my heart to say this, but the New Beverly Cinema that have I loved and stood so ardently for – and that I believe so many of you out there love and stand up for – is gone.

 

 

 

The first time I walked into the New Beverly Cinema in October of 2001, I heard a little voice inside me say: “This is where you belong.” 

 

 

It felt like home.

 

 

I loved that the theater was slightly shabby, that the prices were too cheap, the butter was still real, the films were still on film. I loved the kooky cast of characters working there, and the even kookier regulars who came to watch the films.

 

 

All you needed to be welcomed with open arms was a love of film. 

 

 

Here was a place that was never about…

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Adventures in Writing: Part 1

So my plan was to get to bed before dawn. But yet, I find myself typing away on my computer. Again.

But seeing as today is a holiday and I really don’t have much to do, I suppose I could sleep later. I’ve found that unless I’m falling asleep at my computer, or the next day is rather busy, it’s better to write while the ideas are in my head than to wait.

So what am I working on now? Well, I’ve got a BL manuscript for my publisher that I’m working on. If you don’t know what BL is, refer back to my interview with Hamlet Machine.

I’ve been plugging away at it for a while and I’d decided to take a couple of days away from it this weekend. The break was awesome—I got to hang out with friends, got some air and my head feels clear that I can finish it.

And this week, I’ll start writing a feature script, yay! It’s an idea that I’ve had for a while and I’m excited to get started on it. It was an entry I’d submitted for a script challenge, and though I didn’t make the final list, I was invited to write alongside those who were selected. Why not seize this opportunity?

So I have six weeks from start to finish. I was able to complete NaNoWriMo in 30 days, let’s see if I can make this happen in 42. Wish me luck!

Murjani’s Miscellania with: Hamlet Machine

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Recently, I had the chance to interview Hamlet Machine. She’s the creator of Starfighter—a yaoi sci-fi webcomic. The first time we had met was at Katsucon last year and she was so nice to chat with me about publishing and her characters. You can read Starfighter here—as long as you’re of age.

Yaoi—or boy love (BL)—is a Japanese genre of fictional media that centers on the sexual or romantic relationship between the male characters. It’s normally created by female authors and illustrators and marketed towards a female audience.

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