Like many writers, I hit a snag when writing my first novel and was overcome with feelings of self-doubt. I thought my project was doomed, until I learned about the universal law of three, and a deeper truth about the creative process was revealed to me.
When I signed up in late October 2016 I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. NanoWriMo isn’t just a writing challenge, it’s a bootcamp, social network, learning platform, and Fitbit for words all-in-one.
What makes a writer a writer? Is it how many publications you have had? The writing awards or accolades you’ve gotten, or number of book copies you’ve sold? I don’t think so. I haven’t got any of those things yet, but I feel very comfortable calling myself a writer. Here is why.
By Anna Brady Marcus As a first time novelist, for years and years my main goal was to get to the end of my first draft. When I wrote the last sentence on page 420 of my novel "After Alice" (working title), I felt euphoric. I bragged about it on Facebook, and slapped myself on … Continue reading Notes from the Writing Trenches: Revising My First Novel
by Anna Brady Marcus I think we can all agree that it takes guts for a writer to read out loud in front of an audience. I remember how nervous I felt reading an excerpt from my novel-in-progress for the first time at Get Lit. I don’t even like to read my work out loud … Continue reading How to Give a Writer Useful Feedback