Sweat, Tears and Digital Ink

Personal blog of freelance writer MGMason

Tag Archives: writing a novel

NaNoWriMo Day 1!

I’m not taking part again this year, at least not formally, but I will be working on two fiction projects to some degree during the month.

Are you taking part? Here’s some advice and a list of resources to get you started. Best of luck everyone!

Writing your novel in 30 days – A Method
NaNoWriMo dos and don’ts
5 Tips to Get Started
Secrets of the Veterans

Three rules for writing a novel

“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”

So said W. Somerset Maugham! Today, while I was updating links and profile details on my Good Reads page, I happened as I occasionally do, to click on the quote of the day. I tend to do this when bored or when I have spotted a particularly interesting quote. I spotted this one after scrolling back a few days. What do we think? Are there no known rules for writing a novel? Are any we are offered merely opinions that will not necessarily apply to us? I’ve been thinking about this and here are my six. Read more of this post


No I didn’t succumb, mostly because I don’t have the time to dedicate to it. What I am doing though is making time to work on my short story I intend to submit to the James White award in January. Just about one hundred words last night which is something. Would be good if I can get it done by the end of the month.


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