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Chris Baty, Founder of NaNoWriMo: “Anyone Can Write A Book”

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Chris Baty started a writing movement by accident. At the time, he figured it was just another one of his bad ideas and convinced five of his friends to join him in writing a book. Today, there are more than 226,000 participants signed up for NaNoWriMo, hoping to crank out a novel before the month’s end. Here, he discusses the catalyst for his success, what he’d like his legacy to be and why he believes anyone can be a writer:

The NaNoWriMo concept kind of suggests that anyone can write a book. Do you think this is true?
Oh my god, yeah. And I think everybody can write dozens of novels. You look back to the time when we were kids, and if you gave me a stick that I could make into a toy, I was basically good for seven hours. We were all so imaginative at a young age, just sort of running amuck in our imaginations and pretending. All of that is still in us. When we hit puberty, we start to do this thing where we ask, “Am I good at this?” We’re looking around and we’re seeing other people who are better than us at these things. That’s when we start to shut down those parts of ourselves.

For more on NaNoWriMo and Baty’s tips for novel-writing success, read: Hey, How’d You Start A Fiction-Writing Revolution, Chris Baty, Founder Of NaNoWriMo?

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

NaNoWriMo Writers Produced 3 Billion Words in a Month

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) ended last night as writers around the world counted a collective total of 3,288,976,325 words this year–215 million more words than last year.

As these writers toiled away, we published daily links to writing tools and tips. We’ve collected the individual posts below–the advice will work all year round.

Here is our final piece of advice: Take a break and then edit like crazy. Remember your NaNoWriMo manuscript is just a draft and it takes  A LOT more work to publish.

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Don’t Forget To Edit: NaNoWriMo Tip #30

Congratulations to all the National Novel Writing Month writers in the GalleyCat audience for surviving another year with the writing marathon. Romance writers can even consider submitting your NaNoWriMo novel to Avon Impulse. But don’t forget–you still need to edit!

In 90 days, you should take the National Novel Editing Month challenge and clean up your masterpiece. Follow this link to explore our growing collection of editing tools as well.

Here’s more about NaNoEdMO: “Have you written a 50,000 word novel but haven’t edited it yet? Then you’ve come to the right place! It is here that people from all over the world gather together to spend 50 hours in March editing their novels. This is not as easy as it might sound but the forums are available to get advice and ask all the important questions you may have. Advice from real published authors will also be here to help you and a certificate of completion awaits each winner at the end of the month.”

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NaNoWriMo Tip #19: Visit Your Genre Lounge

Looking for some online writing support?

The National Novel Writing Month team has created a collection of genre lounges for writers, letting you hang out online with people writing the same kind of book as you.

Some of the popular lounges include: Young Adult & Children’s LitScience Fiction, RomanceMystery, Thriller, & SuspenseFantasyHistorical Fiction, and Horror & Supernatural. Find your genre and make some online writing friends that you can work with after NaNoWriMo is finished.

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NaNoWriMo Tip # 17: Answer Twitter Questions

Having trouble coming up with motivation for your National Novel Writing Month characters? Click on the You Asked It! site and answer random questions posed by people on Twitter.

It is the perfect way to peek inside the thoughts of real people, finding the conflicts (both large and small) that motivate them.

AppNewser has more: The Twitter tool You Asked It! lets users answer random questions posed on Twitter, setting a 30-second time limit to keep the responses timely. You can literally answer a stranger’s question in the time it takes you to read this post.

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NaNoWriMo Tip #4: Get Off The Internet

Over at Jacket Copy, Carolyn Kellogg wrote an inspiring post called “The only advice you need for NaNoWriMo.” While tantalizing readers with all the viral content and Facebook news they will be missing, her post urged all marathon writers to stop reading posts and write.

Check it out: “Get off the Internet. Stop looking at Twitter. Do you know how frequently people were tweeting about #nanowrimo on Nov. 1, Day One of NaNoWriMo? One about every five seconds. That’s 720 tweets an hour, 17,280 tweets a day. If you took the time just to skim a portion of those, do you know how much writing time you will have lost? Get off the Internet.”

This is our fourth NaNoWriMo Tip of the Day. As writers around the country join the writing marathon this month, we will share one piece of advice or writing tool to help you cope with this daunting project.

Median Length of a Book Is 64,000 Words

Using Amazon’s Text Stats feature, Publishers Weekly‘s PWxyz blog determined that the median length of a book is 64,000 words. The article also indexed the word count of many famous novels.

Here’s more from the article: “The figure was found through looking at a number of books’ text stats, until Brave New World‘s 64,531 word count landed in the exact center of all books–50% of books have fewer words and 50% of books have more words.”

Every November, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) participants try to produce 50,000 words in a month. In 2011, these writers collectively produced 3,074,933,684 words. Do you think these statistics will influence these writers?

Water for Elephants Trailer Released on Amazon

Last week Amazon exclusively released a long Water for Elephants film trailer. We’ve embedded the trailer above.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amazon has only aired full-length trailers for one other movie: The Dark Knight. The film will hit theaters on April 22nd.

Sara Gruen wrote Flying Changes and Water for Elephants as National Novel Writing Month projects. Here’s an excerpt from an inspirational letter she wrote to NaNoWriMo writers: “I can do this. WE can do this. However far behind you are, take comfort in knowing that there is somebody else out there in the same boat, and look for that next fun scene. And then the next. And if that doesn’t work, set someone on fire. In your book, of course. See you in the winner’s circle.” (via Shelf Awareness)