Tips for NaNoWriMo: Margo Lanagan on planning

This month we’re offering up tips from our authors on tackling NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, which takes place in November every year. Following on from advice from Lili Wilkinson and Jack Heath, here’s some from one of our Faber Writing Academy tutors Margo Lanagan who recommends planning, and walking away:

Have things planned to the point where you know before you sit down what scene(s) you’re going to be writing today.… Read the rest

Why would an otherwise sane person become a Wrimo? Jack Heath on NaNoWriMo

November sees NaNoWriMo, or for those not au-fait with the acronym: National Novel Writing Month, which challenges writers to write at least 50,000 words of a novel. So we thought we’d ask some of our authors who’ve tackled NaNoWriMo what they discovered in the process – Jack Heath shares why he thinks you should do NaNoWriMo (aside from the hope of a published novel, which both he & Lili Wilkinson achieved)…

Every year, hundreds of thousands of would-be novelists register for NaNoWriMo.… Read the rest

How I wrote a novel in 30 days: Lili Wilkinson on NaNoWriMo

November sees the start of NaNoWriMo, the much easier(!) shorthand name for National Novel Writing Month which challenges writers to put 50,000 words down on the page. So we thought we’d ask some of our authors who’ve been through NaNoWriMo what they learned from the process – first up, Lili Wilkinson, who has not only been there, she got the t-shirt AND a published novel (eventually)…

I did NaNoWriMo back in 2009, and wrote the first draft of what eventually became Love-Shy.… Read the rest

Confessions of a ‘young’ writer

Faber Writing Academy graduate Virat Nehru shares his thoughts on being a ‘young’ writer and what that actually means.

I remember the first time I floated the supposedly dreadful idea of writing for a living – “Oh, you mean like a journalist?” people would say, as if they had misheard me or that I had failed to classify my intention properly.… Read the rest