30 Day Writing Guides and Other Goodies

Free Today on Amazon

Welcome to the fifth day of NaNoWriMo. For those participating, I hope you’re doing well. The word counter in my sidebar shows that I’m slowly creeping up, but not quite where I should be. No worries, though. I plan to catch up today. (fingers crossed) (then uncrossed so I can type)

This year, I am what’s called a NaNo rebel. We are the writers who are following a somewhat different path. The conventional wisdom of NaNoWriMo states that you must begin a new novel from scratch. Rebels write nonfiction, memoirs, a book of poetry, or work on an existing project.

I decided to use the time to finish “The Wayward Way,” the second book in my Crossroads series. I’m not editing. It’s all new material and will hopefully come to at least 50K words by the end of November.

A writer friend who is also working on an existing project spoke these words of wisdom: “Writers weren’t created for NaNoWriMo. NaNoWriMo was created for writers.” Use the time and momentum in a way that suits you best. If you need encouragement or want to be in creative atmosphere with crazy, fun people, go to a write-in. If you’ve joined the competition, write-ins should be listed in calendar for your region.

Struggling with the idea of writing a book in 30 days? Here are a couple of guides that could help you. One is free today, and I’m not certain of its quality. The other, “No Plot? No Problem!” is the definitive guide to NaNoWriMo by the event’s creator, Chris Baty. It costs $8.69 for the Kindle and I highly recommend it.

  Write that Book! – 7 Steps to Write a Book in 30 Days or Less by Victor Cannon FREE TODAY
Here is what you will learn in this guide: Key Number 1: The way to write a book quickly is to break the process down into a “paint-by-numbers” system. Once you are able to break the project down into small manageable chunks and map out a paint-by-numbers system, the actual writing process becomes easy. Key Number 2: The way to write a book quickly is to write a book quickly. Momentum is a powerful tool in getting your book project completed.

  No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty NOT FREE $8.69
Chris Baty, motivator extraordinaire and instigator of a wildly successful writing revolution, spells out the secrets of writing — and finishing — a novel. Every fall, thousands of people sign up for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which Baty founded, determined to (a) write that novel or (b) finish that novel in — kid you not — 30 days. Now Baty puts pen to paper himself to share the secrets of success. With week-specific overviews, pep “talks,” and essential survival tips for today’s word warriors, this results-oriented, quick-fix strategy is perfect for people who want to nurture their inner artist and then hit print!

I also wanted to add a few more freebies I found today. One, a guide to fashion poses, could be useful to writers when trying to figure out the mechanics of the human body. While many of poses are contrived, some are natural and could be useful when trying to describe a character’s pose. The eBook is better viewed on a tablet or a computer.

I also added a fun recipe book on the drinks of James Bond. For those of you not participating in NaNoWriMo and just want something good to read, I included a five book series of historical fiction. Enjoy!

  1,000+ Fashion Poses for Photographers by Simon Walden
1000+ Fashion Poses for Photographers is the definitive guide to posing. The guide covers clothes from suits to swimwear and styles from casual to elegant. Each type of clothing and style is illustrated with full colour photographs. Altogether there are over 1,000 different poses suitable for any type of clothing or context. After studying this guide you will be able to confidently pose models and members of the public to great poses. You will be more professional and make the most of your time during any shoot.

  The Complete Guide to the Drinks of James Bond by David Leigh
“The Complete Guide to the Drinks of James Bond” takes a comprehensive look at the drinks consumed by 007 in both Ian Fleming’s novels and the Eon movies. In this new expanded edition you’ll find details of everything James Bond drinks, whether cocktails, Champagne or even beer, which 007 certainly did drink on occasion in the books and that Skyfall is not the first film in which he drinks beer.

  The Seasons Series by Denise Domning
Denise Domning’s Best Selling Medieval Series in a box set. Includes: Winter’s Heat, winner of Romantic Time’s Best First Historical 1994; Summer’s Storm; Spring’s Fury; Autumn’s Flame; A Love for All Seasons

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Disclaimers and Disclosures

I found these books via Amazon’s Kindle eBooks store. Resources for free Kindle and other format eBooks are listed in my sidebar.

These freebies are limited time offers, so there is no guarantee any of these books will still be free when you click on the links. Grab them sooner rather than later.

Books that I have previously listed will occasionally come up free again. I add those to my current posts for people who didn’t see them the first time.

10 Habits of Successful Writers

Free Today on Amazon

To make up for yesterday’s strings attached freebie (see earlier post), I looked on Amazon and found this free-for-now writer’s guide. NaNoWriMo participants, check out Habit Number 8:

“Successful writers are not afraid to write terrible first drafts.”

Words to live by, especially during the month of November.

  The 10 Habits of Successful Writers by Diana Bocco
Insider secrets from some of today’s top writers. What do a New York Times bestselling novelist, a six-figure freelancer, and an award-winning indie have in common? More than you can imagine. Find out:

  • How one writer sold over a million copies of her books and another one sold movie rights to a major Bollywood producer
  • How indie writers are selling thousands of ebooks a month
  • How to become highly productive so you can earn more
  • How to create a step-by-step pathway that works for you
  • The common mistakes that are holding you back
  • How successful writers deal with rejection and writer’s block
  • Which publishing rules to follow (and which ones to break)
  • The one thing every writer believes is key to success (Hint: It involves a chair)

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Disclaimers and Disclosures

I found this book via Amazon’s Kindle eBooks store. Resources for free Kindle and other format eBooks are listed in my sidebar.

This freebie is a limited time offer and there is no guarantee it will still be free when you click on the link. Grab it sooner rather than later.

Books that I have previously listed will occasionally come up free again. I add those to my current posts for people who didn’t see them the first time.

Strings Attached

Please Accept My Apology

I’ve just deleted my post about Writer’s Digest 30 Days of NaNoWriMo Giveaways. Sadly, the magazine was not forthcoming about the subscriptions we will be subjected to.

What happened is this. After entering my email address to get the daily freebie, I got a message that stated:

“Thank you for signing up for our free e-mail newsletter (written by @BrianKlems, our multi-talented online editor who moonlights as a not-so-talented slam poet).”

Which led me to believe I was signing up for a single newsletter. So far, I have received three newsletters. After going to the subscription center, I discovered that I am signed up for 10 newsletters.

Not cool.

I went to the Writer’s Digest Subscription Center and unsubscribed from all but two of the newsletters. However, when I entered my email address for today’s freebie, I discovered that I had been once again automatically subscribed to all 10 newsletters.

So not cool.

I apologize for subjecting any of you to newsletter hell. Here’s how to get out of it.

  • Go to the bottom of one of those newsletters.
  • Click on the link, One-Click Unsubscribe
  • Click on the button, Unsubscribe From All

It’s too bad about not being able to score these freebies, but let’s face it, a freebie with strings attached isn’t really free.

Again, sorry for the hassle.