Yes, to some, it’s Hallowe’en, to others its All Saints’ Eve, but for many writers it’s the day before we plunge into a month of furious writing, in an effort to churn out a novel in 30 days.
Can it be done? It certainly can. Write 2000 words a day for 30 days and you have 60,000 words — the bones of a good novel. And you can easily write 2000 words in a couple of hours if you know where you’re going and don’t self-edit along the way (save all that editing for December and January).
So here’s the big secret: spend 5 minutes at the end of the planning. Jot down key plot points, twists, character growth, and other elements you want to incorporate in tomorrow’s two thousand words. That way, when you wake up in the morning, the hard part’s done and you can let the words flow right away.
To get you started, we’ve packaged up the first few pages of our writing journal, The Writer’s Boon Companion: Thirty Days Towards an Extraordinary Volume by Mel Anastasiou. This excerpt contains a Day 1 prompt: try it out tonight and be ready to hit the road rolling tomorrow morning!
If you found that helpful, why not continue on with the wise guidance of Thaddeus and the Robot Muse? Boon Companion is 15% off this month, and as an extra bonus, we’ll send a free pdf to everyone who orders off the website. Order your copy here.