How to Tell if the First Draft of Your Novel Just Isn't Worth Salvaging

It's almost the end of November, which means one thing: tens of thousands of you have just finished a novel. Congratulations! Now for the heart-breaking part — looking at the hundreds of pages of action and emotion that you wrote in a feverish daze, and figuring out how to revise it. Or whether you really even want to. » 11/26/12 1:18pm 11/26/12 1:18pm

Don't Forget: It's National Novel Writing Month!

Have you been waiting to start that novel you've been developing in your head? Wait no longer! November is National Novel Writing Month, the time when people from all over the world try to bang out 50,000 words of prose in 30 days. And just because we're three days into the month, that doesn't mean it's too late to… » 11/03/12 12:30pm 11/03/12 12:30pm

Two Science Fiction Writers Share Their 30-Day Novel Writing Experiences

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), where writers attempt to write a 50,000-word novel in just 30 days, is almost at the halfway point. While some writers might be breezing through this writing marathon, others are starting to feel the strain on their creativity. We talked to James Strickland and Simon Haynes,… » 11/14/08 12:20pm 11/14/08 12:20pm

NaNoWriMo's Chris Baty Explains How to Write a Science Fiction Epic in 30 Days

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), when amateur and professional writers alike scramble to write a first draft of a novel in a mere 30 days. For science fiction writers, that's an especially daunting task, which can involve not only telling a story and creating compelling characters, but also craft… » 11/12/08 8:40am 11/12/08 8:40am