90 Days to Your Novel
A Day-by-Day Plan for Outlining & Writing Your Book
by Sarah Domet
Writer’s Digest Books, 2010
$16.99, paperback, 288 pages
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In this excerpt from 90 Days to Your Novel, author Sarah Domet discusses thoughtfully using elements of fiction to create your scenes and combining your carefully crafted scenes to further the plot of your novel.
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Author Sarah Domet discusses the writing life, not quitting your day job, and her book 90 Days to Your Novel in this exclusive interview.
About the book
Many famous authors write their novels in a matter of weeks. William Faulkner wrote As I Lay Dying in six weeks. Joyce Carol Oates often cranks out two or three books a year. Stephen King believes first drafts should take no more than three months to complete. So, what’s the trick? Novel writing isn’t about inspiration. It’s about the time, energy, and discipline to see the project to its finish.
With 90 Days to Your Novel at your side, now is the time. This inspiring guide will be your push, your deadline, and your spark to finally, without excuses, and in three short months, nail that first draft of your novel.
The difference between wanna-be writers and real writers is the difference between talk and work. If you commit to the schedule and the techniques within 90 Days to Your Novel and invest two to three hours a day for twelve weeks, you will complete your book. An outline will appear. Characters will take shape. A plot will emerge. Scenes will come together and form a story worth reading. And then the talking can begin!
This helpful guide provides:
• Instruction that distills the elements of the novel—from crafting your outline to developing intriguing characters and believable plots
• Strategies for gaining support from your family and friends
• Motivating insights about writing and writers to minimize your inevitable moments of doubt
• A schedule to keep you in the writing zone and keep you focused, creative, and working
Whether you’re writing your first novel or your third, this guide provides the coaching, the planning, and the writerly commiseration to help get your book written.
About the author
Sarah Domet’s work has been featured in journals such as Quarterly West, Many Mountains Moving, Potomac Review, Harpur Palate, Beloit Fiction Journal, and Ohio Valley History. She has worked on the editorial staff of The Cincinnati Review and has received many awards and fellowships, including The Charles Phelps Taft Dissertation and Research Fellowship, the New York State Summer Writers Institute Scholarship, and the Hatfield/Westheimer Short Story Prize. She has also presented her work at numerous conferences, and has taught a range of college writing and literature courses. She also works as a freelance writer and copyeditor, most recently developing a series of online fiction courses for WritersOnlineWorkshops.com.