This is not a rhetorical question, though it might feel like one.
“Can one walk on water?” you might ask with a confident smile. And, the answer is, of course one can walk on water. If there are rocks in the right places beneath that water.
And, the answer to the question I posed above, is yes. Will it be a New York Times best-seller? No. Will it be a 100,000 word novel? Probably not.
But can you take your idea – your dream if you will – and capture it in 50-60,000 words in a thirty-day period? You certainly can!
Michael Ray King, author, publisher, teacher spoke about his guide to do exactly that! Author of the book and seminar, GO WRITE AND YOU WON’T GO WRONG: Write Your Book in 30 Days, presented a one-hour workshop on May 17th, to the St. Augustine Florida Writer’s group. His message was fun and confident.
Like a few of the attendees (including me) King has participated in the NANOWRIMO project which is hosted every November. The acronym stands for National Novel Writing Month – an on-line movement that invites readers to clear the decks and commit to writing 50,000 words in a thirty-day period. Once King had accomplished this – more than once – he realized that he didn’t have to struggle years to get his books written.
“It’s a matter of mindset,” King told the group of fifty-six interested writers. “There are some basic structures to get this done, but if you follow them, I can guarantee you this is possible. And if not in 30 days, maybe it’s 45 or 60 days – but it doesn’t have to take years and years.”
Number one thing is to make your writing time and space special. And, starting with the tactile act of writing is important, too. Get a cool pen or pencil. Lots of unlined index cards. A quiet – or at least peaceful – writing place. Dedicate time every single day to write.
The session included King’s method for developing chapters, key points or scenes and then how to schedule the daily word-count to meet your goals. All of the details and worksheets are included in the book which is available at Amazon.com.
Mr. King drove home some very powerful messages. Write what you are passionate about. Write without any thought to what’s good, bad or indifferent. Write what you feel is important to write.
It was very clear, that if a writer is willing to open that vein and bleed out their passion on the page and to do it every day until the story is told, they’ll write the book. There is simply no way that they can fail to write that book.
Of course, then comes editing, rewriting and marketing – but those are topics for another day. You can’t edit, rewrite or market something that doesn’t exist. King’s book and program clearly lay out the path that will take any writer from their idea to a completed manuscript.
Keep reading and writing!There are no more excuses! Nancy Q.