Book in A Month

Book in A Month

The Fool-proof System for Writing A Novel in 30 Days

Book - 2008
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Baker & Taylor
A helpful, step-by-step manual introduces writers to an effective, thirty-day system for writing a novel, in a resource that includes instruction, weekly schedules, and detailed worksheets, while offering advice on time management, project selection, research strategies, character and plot development, revisions, and more. 15,000 first printing.

F+W Publishing

What Can You Accomplish 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-writing system without the intimidation factor. Book in a Month shows you how to:

  • Set realistic goals and monitor your progress
  • Manage your time so that your writing life has room to flourish
  • Select a story topic that will continue to inspire you throughout the writing process
  • Quickly outline your entire story so that you have a clear idea of how your plot and characters are going to develop before you start writing
  • Draft each act of your story by focusing on specific turning points
  • Keep track of the areas you want to revise without losing your momentum in the middle of your story
  • Relax and have fun–you are, after all, doing something you love

So what are you waiting for? If you've been putting off your book project, let Book in a Month be your guide and find out just how much you can accomplish.

Publisher: Cincinnati, Ohio : F+W Publications, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9781582974866
Branch Call Number: 808.3 SCHMI
Characteristics: 288 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm


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Apr 20, 2017

Some good, some bad.

The bad: the first 25 pages is an advertisement for her other books and website. Skip it. Another 10% is newage/pop psych nonsense. And this came out before the Kindle was invented, so there are things she says that really no longer apply. (One in fact can write to market now, for instance, as the delay between idea and polished product for experienced indie authors can be 2 months rather than the glacial 2 years of traditional publishing.)

However, what remains is pretty good. If you can carve out 90 minutes per day and follow her system, you could draft a short genre novel in a month. If you added an extra week and did all your planning/outlining/character sheets/research during that prep week instead of scattered through the first week as she suggests, even better. (as most people will encounter family emergencies, rough days where nothing comes, and other challenges to being 100% perfect.)

I've read three of these "novel in a month" books now (out of curiosity--my novels get drafted in a month via my own system), and this is the best of them, imo. It's not perfect and, again, if you decide to do NaNoWriMo one year, I'd advise you do the planning in late October. But this would work.

And then you have to stick to it and do the darned work!


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