This month we're going to be helping you out with some inspiration, a few tips on how to stay focussed during the month and what you can do to beat the dreaded distraction dips!
Our Book of the Month for November is Lifelights by Alina Voyce. Lifelights is the first book in a series, so there are plenty more to keep you going after you've finished this one. Check out the competition below to find out how you can win a free copy and start your journey towards mild (okay, strong) Alina Voyce obsession!
This month on WEbook we've been working hard at putting the finishing touches to In Case of Emergency Please Notify: Jet Hunter - to find out some more info on Sarah Szabo's new WEbook release, head on over to the WEbook Store and check out it's preview listing.
We're also running a NaNoWriMo competition this month alongside our usual Monthly Challenge - the prize, which is pretty epic, is the chance to get your book published as a WEbook. All you need to do is submit a chapter, and remember to include a 300-word synopsis too. We're really looking forwards to publishing some new WEbooks, so the more entries the merrier!
Alina Voyce, or Sue Grainger as some WEbookers may know her, has been an active member of WEbook since 2010, when she discovered the site with some help from a kindly BBC News report. An active and welcoming member of the community, Sue is always happy to help out newbies and give support to other writers.
Blurb: It seems to Mara Austin that the Lifelights have always been a part of her life. They're a secret she cherishes, the nearest thing to a family that she has and the one anomaly in her otherwise predictable existence. On the day of her 22nd birthday things begin to change. An American businessman, Sebastian Oran, visits 'The Tea Cosy' cafe where Mara works and a telepathic voice invades her mind.
Drawn to Sebastian, Mara's main concern is for the Lifelights. it wouldn't do for someone like him to find out about them... But as attraction is transformed into a deeper bond, the result is unexpected. 'Her' secret reveals a truth that spans the globe - a supernatural species with the power to enlighten or destroy.
This month's Member of the Month is Sue Grainger! Sue has had the greatest all round input to WEbook this month with over 150 additions to the site across the board - this includes leaving feedback, adding to her projects and rating in P2F. Congratulations Sue!
Our Writer of the Month for November is a relatively new addition to WEbook. Achronon joined us in October and has added some beautiful pieces of poetry, our favourite of which is Have You Tasted War? Congratulations to Achronon! Keep up the good (writing) work!
Why, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month of course! You've got 30 days over the month of November to write a 50,000 word novel. The idea is to write and not edit. If you think you can handle it, NaNoWriMo can be a brilliant springboard for getting your novel off the ground - well known books that have come out of NaNoWriMo include Water For Elephants and, (our personal favorite) The Night Circus.
In 2013 there were 310,095 registered participants, and with braches all over the world, you're sure to be able to find a support group near you!
There are so many resources and articles on the internet to help inspire, inform and improve your NaNoWriMo effort. We've compiled our pick of the best to help you stay up-to-date with the global chatter:
Keeping motivated can be one of the biggest barriers to completing a successful NaNoWriMo, so follow some of our tips to help keep you moti-va-ted:
Plan Ahead Setting out a daily word-count goal is a good place to start. 50,000 words divided by 30 days = 1,667 words per day, so try and get as close as you can to this and you're already making great headway. You'll be surprised how quickly the pages start to add up - which'll help to motivate you even more!
Kill the Romance Make writing part of your everyday schedule and don't try to romanticise it too much - by all means light some candles and set the mood, but it's not supposed to be an exercise in reflection - that's what the other 11 months of the year are for!
Reward Yourself Set yourself goals and have a reward system in place for when you reach them. We love ourselves a cookie here, so perhaps eat a cookie for each chapter you complete? Or, allow yourself ten minutes of WEbook browsing for every twenty minutes of uninterupted writing.
Distraction... it's not really very conducive to the completion of your novel, but it has a nasty habit of hanging around where it's not wanted, so the best thing to do is learn how to avoid it!
Try applying a formula, such as the Pomodoro Technique to help reduce the opportunity for distraction. If you're someone who is so easily distracted, that an anti-distraction technique could be a distraction (we totally sympathise), then there's nothing like a bit of social pressure to get you to knuckle down. Head down to your local library and settle yourself amongst other people who are hard at work. Libraries are also great for research - find your local in the US or the UK.
Take breaks! This is probably the most important thing to remember, but when you combine them with concentration-focused meditation, you're bound to come back to your page renewed, refreshed and re-energised!
Whatever you do, remember that the only person who is in charge of whether you get distracted is YOU, so if you really want to hit the 50,000 word target take every opportunity you can to write, write, write!
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