NaNoWriMo Contest Winners
You did it! You survived novel writing’s biggest month! NaNoWriMo is over for another year. Maybe you reached the goal of 50k words written and maybe you didn’t. Maybe you blew well past that and wrote a 100K and maybe you ended up in the corner rocking yourself for comfort. No matter what, you’re all winners in our books. No really. Great job. It might not seem like a big deal, but do you know how many people say they want to write a book and never write a single word? Those Dabblers who reached the summit of 50K words were automatically entered to win some amazing prizes. Congrats to everyone!1st placeOne winnerLifetime subscription to DabbleOne-year membership to Writing Mastery AcademyQwerkywriter keyboard!Winner: Nix D.2nd place Four winnersSix-month subscription to DabbleSix-month membership to Writing Mastery AcademyWinner: Marion B.Winner: TongkeiWinner: Onyx P.Winner: Jessica3rd placeFive winnersThree-month subscription to DabbleThree-month membership to Writing Mastery AcademyWinner: GiselleWinner: Katherine S.Winner: Matthew D.Winner: Cindy M.Winner: Ryn ShellNow that you’ve made it that far, it’s time for revisions. Be sure to check out some of the resources on our blog: Punctuation Basics – A Beginner’s GuideStory Structures: The Fundamentals You Need To KnowUsing Passive versus Active VoiceOnce you get past editing, don’t forget to dive into this comprehensive post on book writing and publishing: How To Write A Book – The Ultimate Guide. Will 2022 be the year you publish your debut, sign with an agent or release your 12th novel? Whatever your goals, we’re here to support you.
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Book marketing. Those two innocuous words instill fear and loathing into the hearts of so many writers. You just want to write your books and have them sell themselves. Why do you have to tell people about it? Well, Susan, because you do. I know you want to write, but if your goal is to write, publish, and make money from your books, then you’re going to have to find a way to make them visible. Thousands of new titles are uploaded to Amazon every single day. Millions of books are being published every year, and no matter how good your story is, without marketing, there’s not much chance very many people will find it.
What kind of writer are you? Are you the sort who writes a meticulous outline that tips into the five digits or the type who sits down in front of a blank sheet of paper and lets the words pour out of you like a runaway train? Did you know there are specific terms for this kind of writing? Writers will come up with words for anything, I swear. Plotters are the first type of writer. They like to have detailed outlines that tell them exactly where their story is going. Pantsers are the other type of writer, which is kind of a weird name, but the term was coined by Stephen King (a famous pantser) to describe writing by the seat of your pants. Cute, eh? There is no right or wrong way to write your book, and I’m going to repeat this so many times. The right way is the way that works for you.
Dystopian fiction is one of the darker subgenres of science fiction and fantasy. It takes us into dark, foreboding worlds, where oppression and bleak landscapes are the norm. Books like 1984 by George Orwell, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley have become classics that shine a light on political corruption, environmental disaster, and societal collapse.Why do we love these stories? Maybe it's because dystopian fiction allows us to explore worst-case scenarios, to grapple with the idea that the world we know and love could be lost forever. It's a way for us to confront our fears and anxieties about the future, to see what could happen if we continue down a certain path.